Police: Man arrested after armed robbery, rape reported at laundromat

Police: Man arrested after armed robbery, rape reported at laundromat

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - A Walker man was arrested early Monday morning and charged in connection with a reported armed robbery and rape which happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at a laundromat on Walker North Road.

Police say 40-year-old Lionel Myles of Walker was arrested by Walker Police. Myles was hiding in an abandoned building near where the crimes occurred.

"Early this morning, we received a report of an armed robbery and rape that occurred at a laundromat on Walker North Road," said Captain John Sharp, Walker Police Spokesman. "Walker Officers interviewed the victim who reported that as she was doing her laundry, a black male subject approached her, asking for spare change. When told that she had none, the man reportedly pulled a knife, grabbed the victim and forced her into a bathroom where the rape occurred. The man then took money from her purse and fled the scene."

After taking the victim's statement and obtaining a description of the suspect, police were able to view surveillance video from the laundromat.

"Upon viewing the surveillance video, our Officers recognized the suspect as Lionel Myles," Captain Sharp reported.

After learning the identity of the suspect, Walker Police began searching for the man.

"Our Officers began the process of searching the area where Mr. Myles is known to stay," Captain Sharp explained. "By interviewing various residents in the area, we determined that Mr. Myles is known to sometimes stay in an abandoned building not far from the laundromat. Our Officers went to the building, made entry and located Mr. Myles hiding inside. He was then taken into custody without incident."

Myles was charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault, battery and armed robbery. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center with bond set at $210,500.

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