BROUSSARD — Police have arrested a 27-year-old New Iberia man in the bank robbery and shooting Monday that injured an employee and identified a second suspect who is still being sought.
The man who was arrested, John Charles, was the driver of the intended getaway car, police say. Police say a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a second suspect in the hold up, Jeremie Raymond, 29, also of New Iberia.
Raymond is wanted on counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said in a news release. They said he has family and associates in Iberia and the surrounding parishes.
Charles, the alleged getaway driver, was stopped by police before he could pick up Raymond, who remained at large as of Tuesday evening.
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Charles was arrested and booked on counts of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.
“Investigators developed enough on (Charles) to obtain an arrest warrant for him, subsequently (Charles) was arrested and booked,” Police Chief Brannon Decou said in an emailed statement.
He said police spotted Charles as he was driving a Ford Crown Victoria on Village Square Drive, not far from the bank, after the robbery.
Decou said Charles' driving behavior upon seeing officers responding to the robbery scene and a vehicle description sent out over the radio led to his being stopped and questioned.
Also attracting investigators’ interest in the aftermath of the robbery and shooting was a home in the 100 block of McNary Street that was quarantined with crime tape, as well as a dumpster outside an apartment complex along Ridgeview Drive behind the bank.
"We always look everywhere we can for possible evidence," Decou said in the email, referring to the search of the dumpster.
He declined to answer a question about the house on McNary Street, citing the pending investigation.
The robber tried to enter an interior set of doors at the Community First Bank in the 800 block of Albertson Parkway around 11 a.m. Monday, but the doors were locked, according to police. The robber then shot through the glass door with a silver revolver, and the bullet struck a teller in the face, police said Tuesday.
The robber jumped on the counter, brandished the gun and later ran off with an undetermined amount of money, according to police. The shooting victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition.