A man seen on surveillance video wielding a screwdriver during a Tuesday night robbery of a Cracker Barrel service station was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies.
After “multiple callers” identified Andrew Gayden Darce, 54, as the man seen in images of the robbery distributed by the Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives tracked down Darce at his East Holly Street home, according to an arrest report.
When deputies found Darce, he was wearing the same shirt seen on the robbery in the video, the report says.
Darce is accused of entering the Millerville Road service station at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday night and demanding money from a store clerk. When the clerk hesitated, Darce “jumped up onto the counter with a screwdriver in his right hand, holding it as if he was going to stab the clerk,” the arrest report says.
The clerk opened the register, and Darce scooped out the money and fled, according to the report.
When questioned by deputies, Darce told them he robbed the store “because he recently lost his job and has a major drug addiction,” a deputy wrote in the report.
Darce, of 231 E. Holly St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery along with a bench warrant for a traffic violation. Darce remained jailed Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.