BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man suspected of robbing the Whitney Bank on Coursey Blvd. in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon has been arrested in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
Michael Rossi, 24, was arrested Wednesday around 9 a.m. after a warrant was issued from EBRSO for armed robbery.
According to reports, Rossi is accused of entering the bank Friday afternoon, pointing a gun at the teller and demanding money. He took the money and drove off in a red Dodge Neon east on Coursey Boulevard.
EBRSO deputies were called to a hit and run incident near the bank shortly prior to the robbery involving a vehicle and suspect description that matched the bank robber.
The victim of the hit and run provided deputies with a South Carolina license plate number that led detectives to Rossi.
According to a news release from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, "family members living in EBR with Rossi confirmed that he was the suspect in the bank surveillance footage, and that he left work early that day stating he had to take care of something at the bank. The family stated that a gun and some of Rossi's belongings were missing from the home, and they were unable to contact him due to his phone being turned off."
Detectives learned Rossi was staying in South Carolina with friends. Local authorities were contacted and found Rossi Wednesday morning.
EBRSO detectives are en route to Rossi to continue the investigation.
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said, "It's good that we were able to help another agency out and get this suspect arrested so quickly. I am thankful for the hard work of investigators that led to this arrest."