BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An armed robbery suspect was caught after he reportedly blocked someone's driveway with a stolen getaway car.
Police charged Louis Bennett III in Saturday's heist at a Whitney Bank, and police believe he could be connected to several more.
A woman who works at the Subway restaurant on State St. said the same man held her at gunpoint on Friday. Melissa Krumm has never been happier to get her car detailed. Her Volkswagen Jetta has been the subject of store surveillance and a manhunt after a string of armed robberies in Baton Rouge.
Krumm said she was preparing to open the Subway store near LSU on Friday morning when a suspicious man entered the restaurant.
"He came in, walked to the restroom, walked to the beverage cooler and back to the restroom, and when I saw him back at the beverage cooler I asked him if he was going to be getting a sandwich and he said no not yet, disappeared back to the bathroom," Krumm said.
Store surveillance picked up what happened seconds later. The suspect re-appeared with a gun and forced Krumm to the floor.
"He said give me the money out of the register, and after giving him access to the safe he took the money out of it and stood back up and pointed the gun at me and told me to give him the keys to my car," Krumm said.
Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, a car fitting that same description was caught on camera at the Circle K down the street. Police said store surveillance showed the suspect just before he robbed the clerk.
A few hours later, what appeared to be the same man popped up on surveillance cameras during a stick up at the Whitney Bank on Bluebonnet Blvd.
Krumm said she recognized him immediately.
"Him doing this to other people, that was the scary part," Krumm said.
On Monday, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested Bennett in connection to the armed robbery at the Whitney Bank.
Krumm said they found her car parked over someone's driveway with a note on the windshield warning the driver not to park there again. Krumm said the homeowner must have called police.
"They fingerprinted the car and handed it over to me," Krumm said.
Police said the victims will be asked to identify the gunman from a photo lineup. If they point to Bennett, he could face more charges.
Bennett has a lengthy criminal history:
1992: First degree murder, armed robbery – no true bill
1992: Forgery, theft
1994: Access device fraud – sentenced to one year in prison
1994: Unauthorized use of a movable – sentenced to one year in prison
1994: Forgery: sentenced to one year in prison
1996: DWI – bench probation
1997: Theft, illegal possession of stolen things: sentenced to three years in prison
2012: Forgery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle – sentenced to six years recommended drug treatment facility