Sheriff: Armed robbery suspect identified, turns self in
DUTCHTOWN, LA (WAFB) - A man is now in custody after an arrest warrant was issued for an alleged armed robbery of the Red River Bank Wednesday that put multiple Ascension Parish schools on lockdown. Two other men have been arrested for allegedly helping the armed robber get away.
The armed bank robbery happened Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.at Red River Bank on Highway 73 near Harvest Supermarket.
Police believe Bryan Golden, 30, of Gonzales is the armed robber. He was wanted on charges of armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm.
Golden turned himself in to authorities late Friday evening.
The Sheriff's Office reports that a man, believed to be Golden, went into the bank wearing a motorcycle helmet and a light jacket. The man pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the bank employees. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to Ascension Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, after the robbery the vehicle that was used by the suspect was found on Coco Road, about two miles from the bank. The investigation revealed the abandoned vehicle was stolen a few days prior to the robbery.
During the investigation, deputies learned that after the robbery and the vehicle was abandoned, accomplices picked up the banked robbery suspect on River Oaks Road and helped him get away from deputies.
Cedrick Emerson, 31, of Geismar was arrested Thursday and charged with resisting an officer, armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm. He was also booked with outstanding bench warrants.
Travis West, 32,of Geismar was also arrested Thursday and charged with accessory after the fact for armed robbery.
Now all three men are in the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.
Crime Stoppers was offering up to a $1,000 cash reward and Red River Bank was offering a $2,500 reward.
Anyone with any additional information on this incident is urged to call Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-4636 or by texting an anonymous tip to 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.
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