Investigators arrest man suspected in 2 armed robberies, kidnapping

Investigators arrest man suspected in 2 armed robberies, kidnapping
Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
Source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department
Source: Baton Rouge Police Department

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man suspected of robbing two convenience stores at gunpoint, one in which a cashier was kidnapped, has been arrested.

Michael West, 53, of Opelousas, faces two counts of armed robbery and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

"You don't think of a well-dressed man coming into the store to rob you," said Det. Kenneth Young with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. "We received Crime Stoppers tips from the video and the victim was able to pick him out of a lineup."

The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported the first crime happened at the Chevron on Lobdell Highway (LA 415) in Port Allen on Tuesday around 8:15 a.m.

According to deputies, the suspect robbed a convenience store cashier and forced her into a car at gunpoint. Surveillance cameras captured images of the man and the car.

Investigators added a woman drove the car and the pair dropped off the victim unharmed near Ozark Street and Plank Road in Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported a suspect walked into the Cracker Barrel at 4245 Nicholson Drive with a handgun demanding money Wednesday morning. He grabbed the money and drove off in a dark-colored vehicle.

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