Home invasion/armed robbery leaves 2 injured, 1 arrested

Hayward Howard (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Hayward Howard (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
University Edge Apartments
University Edge Apartments

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One man is in custody and police are looking for two others after a home invasion/armed robbery at an apartment complex near the LSU campus that left two victims injured late Wednesday night.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Hayward Howard, 27, of New Orleans, was arrested after the incident at University Edge Apartments around 11:30 p.m. The complex is located at 650 West McKinley Street.

Investigators said suspects armed with guns broke into the apartment and demanded money from the people inside. They added one victim suffered moderate injuries after jumping out of a fourth floor bedroom window, while another has minor injuries from being beaten during the robbery.

Detectives said the suspects stole money and other items from the apartment, and then on their way out, tried to rob six other people at gunpoint. They said Howard was caught as the group of suspects tried to get away.

Police added drug paraphernalia and a gun were found near the area where the suspects fled the scene.

Howard was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of armed robbery and six counts of attempted armed robbery. Bond information was not provided.

The search continues for the other two suspects, which have not yet been identified.

The investigation is ongoing.

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