BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man, with a history of armed robbery, is behind bars after he allegedly robbed a Circle K store and was also revealed to be a suspect in another robbery occurring days later.
During the early morning hours of March 15, a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a Circle K store located in the 12300 block of Plank Rd. in reference to a theft complaint.
According to a statement given to police from an employee working at the time, an unknown man, later identified as Donald Gray, 51, of Zachary, came into the store, grabbed a bag of peanuts, and approached her at the register.
The female employee told police she rang up the peanuts and Gray demanded she put everything in a bag. The employee, being completely unaware she was being robbed, told Gray she put the peanuts in a bag and he again told her to put everything in the bag.
She told him he only had the bag of peanuts and it was in a bag. According to the employee's statement to police, Gray then told her to put all the register's money in the bag as well. He then began to stand in front of her and yell at her, causing her to be intimated and distressed, according to the probable cause report on the incident.
Once she realized she was being robbed, the employee called 9-1-1 on her cell phone and opened the register.
According to the employee's statement to police, once the cash drawer was open, she took all the money out of it. Gray then allegedly told her to put some Kool cigarettes in the bag, which she put in about seven packs.
According to reports, Gray then left in a dark four door sedan. During the course of the robbery, Gray never produced a weapon, or said he had a weapon, but according to reports, allegedly kept his right hand in his pocket the whole time.
Video from the stores showed a man wearing a black cap, black zip up hoodie, blue jeans, with a white goatee. The vehicle was determined to be a 90's model Oldsmobile or Buick.
On March 17, a deputy with the EBRSO responded to an armed robbery complaint at Paw Paws Grocery in Slaughter, which is in East Feliciana Parish. Gray was determined to be a suspect in the robbery based off of photographic evidence. From that photo, it was evident to deputies the physical description from the Circle K robbery matched, even wearing the same clothes.
According to the probable cause report, Gray has been arrested several times for armed robbery and is currently on parole for the same crime.
According to deputies, further investigation showed Gray was previously stopped in February 2017 in a black 1994 Oldsmobile 88, registered to him. The Baton Rouge Police Department officer who made the stop was contacted and sent a photo from the robbery. The officer was able to positively identify the suspect as Gray, who he had come in contact with during the traffic stop.
Crime Stoppers also received two tips about the robbery in East Feliciana, according to deputies. Both of those tips had similar information describing the suspect, vehicle, and Gray's address.
On March 25, Gray was arrested by EBRSO on charges of simple robbery. He is being held in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $500,000 bond.