LAFAYETTE — Police are trying to identify a man involved in two carjacking incidents Tuesday night.
The first incident occurred about 10 p.m. in the 200 block of High Meadows Boulevard, according to a news release.
The victim told police a man demanded her car keys when she was exiting her vehicle, the release said.
The attacker, described as a black man about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and dreadlock hair, struck the woman in the face after she began to scream.
He then fled.
The attacker, believed to be the same man, then approached a second victim on nearby Heather Row and demanded the man’s keys, police said.
The attacker, who was armed with a gun, drove away in the victim’s 2011 gray Mitsubishi Eclipse, license plate TYE269.
Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.
Counterfeiting case suspect arrested
ST. MARTINVILLE — A 35-year-old man wanted by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office in a counterfeit check-cashing scheme has been arrested in Mississippi, authorities said in news release Wednesday.
At the time of his arrest, Robert Eugene Shears II had 41 warrants for his arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies requested the public’s assistance in identifying Shears in January after he allegedly cashed two counterfeit checks at the Piggly Wiggly Supermarket in Cecilia, the release said.
Maj. Ginny Higgins, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office, said the checks were in the amounts of $300 and $376.34.
FedEx officials helped investigators identify Shears, of Lucedale, Miss.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in Mississippi arrested Shears and Kimberly Tanner, 30, also of Lucedale, Tuesday evening after the two attempted to cash a counterfeit check, the release said.
Authorities said Shears also used fraudulent checks in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee, the release said.
The case is also being pursued by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the release said.
Extradition arrangements for Shears to be transported to St. Martin Parish are being negotiated, the release said.