BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are asking for the public's help on "Who's This Wednesday" in finding a man who pepper-sprayed an employee at a cell phone store and ran off with more than $2,500 worth of devices.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported it happened at the T-Mobile Store on Siegen Lane on January 18.
Deputies said the suspect was looking at phones and tablets on the back wall display and when a sales representative offered help, he pulled out a can of pepper spray out of his sleeve and sprayed the worker in the face and eyes.
According to investigators, he then used some type of tool to cut merchandise off the wall. They added when another employee entered from the back of the store, the man ran away.
He is described as 5'5" and 150 to 160 pounds.
Detectives said it is believed he is the same suspect who robbed a T-Mobile in New Orleans on Sunday. Surveillance cameras captured images of him as he walked into the store.
In that case, they said the suspect sprayed some type of chemical in the air around the door to stop anyone from following him, but he did not spray any employees directly.
CASEY HICKS | EBR SHERIFF'S OFFICE
"Social media is a great way to get the message out," said Casey Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. "We can put things out like safety tips, traffic advisories, we can put out wanted suspects, but we can also showcase the good things that law enforcement officers are doing to really humanize them to help bridge that gap and build that relationship with the community."
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.