Officials release details about suspect arrested in connection with 2 bank robberies

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Multiple law enforcement agencies teamed up to make an arrest in connection with two bank robberies that happened just days apart.

The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Robert Ledet Jr., 20, of Baton Rouge.

Sheriff Brett Stassi says his deputies were called out after the Iberville Bank in White Castle was robbed at gunpoint Friday. He added investigators were able to get a description of the vehicle seen driving off. Investigators say Ledet was also linked to the robbery at Highlands Bank in St. Francisville, which happened Monday.

According to officials, detectives determined Ledet to be a suspect through video surveillance, interviews with witnesses, DMV records, and information from car dealerships. Investigators reported Ledet was arrested by deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office on Monday, as he was allegedly about to rob another bank in Prairieville.

The 9News Investigators went digging into Ledet's past and found he's already facing five counts of armed robberies in East Baton Rouge Parish.

In just a ten day span last year in March, Ledet hit up four businesses on Plank Rd., one of which he hit twice. In each case, Ledet allegedly forced the employee at gunpoint to give him money. Then in June, he held up another business on Florida Blvd., also with a gun, but this time, police arrested him.

Ledet's bond was set at $250,000 for those five armed robberies. Last December though, a judge reduced his bond to $35,000 and he was able to bail out.

A motion's hearing on those five robberies was set for January 25. That was continued to May 9. Then again, it was continued to July 11 and yet again moved to September 5.

The investigation is ongoing and other charges are possible.

Stassi noted the FBI, Louisiana State Police, East Baton Rouge Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Francisville Police Department, and White Castle Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

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