Police arrest 1 suspect in Gonzales jewelry store robbery, 3 others sought

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Police said they have arrested a suspect in connection with a jewelry store robbery that happened last month.

The Gonzales Police Department reported Jacquendes Octave, 21, was one of five suspects involved in the robbery at Rousel's Jewelry Store on Airline Highway in Gonzales.

Octave is charged with four counts of armed robbery, four counts of armed robbery with the use of a firearm and one count of felony theft.

Detectives said they are still searching for Walter Johnson, Jay Lyons, and a juvenile whose identity they will not make public.

According to the Gonzales Police Department, the robbery happened on July 14 shortly before 11 a.m. Investigators said the suspects walked into the store armed with guns and forced four store employees to the ground.

"[They entered the store] under the ruse of having a medallion worked on by the staff jeweler," Charlotte Guedry, media representative for the Gonzales Police Department, said on the day of the robbery. "The foursome waited until all customers had left the establishment before drawing pistols and ordering the four employees on duty to get on the ground."

Investigators added the suspects managed to get all of the cash from the register and the safe. They also took all of the diamonds that were in the display case. No injuries were reported.

Sgt. Steven Nethken said with the help of surveillance video, tips, and social media they are zeroing in on catching the other culprits.

"Once we had identified the first armed robbery suspect, then we were able to go on to social media sites and link his relationship and started looking for friends and family," said Nethken.

Nethken said the first suspect, Casey Johnson, was arrested by Georgia police. He was charged with accessory after the fact and is now out on bond.

Joelyn Rousel is the store owner of Rousel's. She said is glad authorities are moving swiftly to catch the criminals.

"We're very grateful they took a lot of time and effort, and I am so appreciative of the police department and all of the law enforcement agencies that are working this case," said Rousel.

Anyone with information that can help investigators are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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