Man accused of multiple robberies now behind bars

Man accused of multiple robberies now behind bars

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man who is accused of multiple robberies has now been arrested.

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department say on Monday, April 9 around 2:30 p.m., Leonard Speed, 25, robbed the Dollar General on Prescott Road with another unidentified man.

Both men reportedly approached the cashier as if they were buying something. When the cashier opened the register, Speed reportedly sprayed her with mace. The other man then reportedly reached over the counter and took the cash in the register before fleeing the store.

Detectives received an anonymous tip that helped them identify Speed as a suspect. The following day, the cashier was able to identify Speed out of a six person photographic lineup. It should be noted Speed is on probation until September of 2019 for simple burglary. In this instance, Speed is charged with simple robbery and simple battery.

Then on April 17, officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department were dispatched to the Chevron gas station on St. Ferdinand Street in reference to an armed robbery.

The victim claims just before 10 p.m., an unidentified man entered the gas station posing as a customer and tried to buy some food. The victim says as soon as the cash register was opened, the man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and told him to get on the ground. The victim says he complied, and the man took about $300 from the register before fleeing the store.

Detectives were able to identify Speed as the suspect based on similarities to other robberies and surveillance footage from the gas station. The victim from the gas station was also able to positively identify Speed in a photographic lineup.

In this case, Speed is charged with armed robbery and illegal carrying of weapons by a convicted felon.

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