BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a man who tried to rob a restaurant at gunpoint is behind bars after a worker scared him off by pointing a gun at him and witnesses followed him to let police know how to find him.
The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Erneston Nelson, 22, tried to rob Brew-Bacher's Grill on Government Street Tuesday night.
According to the probable cause report, the suspect walked up to two workers near the back door of the restaurant with a gun in his hand around 9 p.m. It stated one of the workers ran back inside the restaurant, while the suspect allegedly grabbed the other worker by the neck and they went inside, reportedly with the gun to the employee's head.
Police reported another worker heard the commotion, grabbed a gun and pointed it at the suspect. They added the suspect let go of the worker being held at gunpoint and ran out of the restaurant.
The probable cause report stated people living nearby saw the suspect run out of the restaurant and acting very suspiciously. The witnesses reportedly started following him after seeing him go into a neighbor's backyard.
According to reports, the witnesses called police after seeing the suspicious looking man take off some of his clothes and get into a white Toyota Camry. The report added officers stopped a car fitting that description on Sharp Road a short time later.
Nelson is charged with attempted armed robbery. Bond has not been set.
Watch 9News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for more details and what the restaurant owner had to say about what happened.