BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A federal grand jury has indicted a man accused of several robberies and thefts at convenience stores, specifically Circle K stores, across Baton Rouge.
Keith Williams, 45, is facing six counts of violating the Hobbs Act, which relates to interference with commerce by threats or violence, and three counts of using a firearm during a violent crime.
Williams is accused of holding up local convenience stores six times over an 11-day period. Three of those stores were Circle K stores located on Coursey Boulevard, Jefferson Highway and Nicholson Drive.
Williams is also accused of robbing a Walgreens on Perkins Road and a Cracker Barrel store on Hooper Road.
Investigators said a few of the burglaries involving Williams resulted in violence.
In one robbery, Williams allegedly pepper-sprayed the clerk. In another robbery, it is believed he struck the clerk in the head with a hammer. Neither clerk sustained life-threatening injuries.
Investigators believe Williams wore wigs and ladies clothing in between robbery attempts in order to disguise himself.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Williams after he was spotted in the Glen Oaks area on Sunday, August 7.
Williams was initially booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on several counts including armed robbery, flight from an officer, resisting an officer, simple burglary, theft, simple robbery, and simple battery.
He remains in jail with his bond set at $719,500.