Baton Rouge Police arrested a second suspect Wednesday in an early morning home invasion and armed robbery in the Riverbend subdivision over the weekend.
Michael Anthony Lewis, 28, is one of two men who held Rania Ahmed and her four children at gunpoint in the early morning hours Sunday, according to a Baton Rouge Police report.
A second man, 20-year-old Lawrence Isaac, was arrested as he tried to flee the home about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
“I hope that it’s him,” Ahmed said by phone Tuesday when told of Lewis’s arrest. “Then I’d be able to go back to my house. The image, the image of these people, it terrifies me.”
The two robbers woke Ahmed in her bed by covering her mouth and pointing a loaded handgun at her, Ahmed said Tuesday, before dragging the rest of the family out of their beds, beating several children and attempting to tie the family up with duct tape.
Throughout, the two men threatened the family and demanded they “show us the money” in a mistaken belief they had a large amount of cash in the home, Ahmed said.
Ahmed, the owner of Akasha Market in Tigerland, also told police that Lewis is the same gunman who robbed her Bob Pettit Boulevard shop on Jan. 4, according to the report, though Baton Rouge police haven’t identified Lewis as a suspect in the earlier robbery.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola said detectives still are investigating any possible connection between the two incidents.
According to the police report, Lewis and Isaac made their way into the home through a bathroom window before attacking the family.
The thieves made off with a PlayStation 4, two smartphones and a bag containing two wallets and a gold ring, the report says.
Renee Akasha, Ahmed’s 18-year-old daughter, says that during the attack the robbers punched her three times in the jaw, breaking it and leaving heavy bruising on her chin.
Other children were punched, dragged, hit and threatened during the attack, Ahmed told The Advocate on Tuesday, and her 15-year-old son was cut on the arm with a pocket knife.
Ahmed said Wednesday her children are still scared to go back to their home.
“I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to feel what I felt,” she said.
Ahmed said the armed robbery on Jan. 4 — when she was approached by an armed man while closing the store shortly after 12:30 a.m. — and a second robbery on Jan. 20, when a different man reached across the counter and grabbed a fistful of bills from the register, led her to lease the business to someone else after two decades running the market.
No arrests have been made in either of those incidents.
Lewis, of 4445 Alvin Dark Ave., Apt. 272, is facing counts of armed robbery and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Coppola said.
Lewis hadn’t yet been booked into Parish Prison on Wednesday evening and no bail had yet been set.
Isaac, of 246 Rafe Mayer Road, remains in Parish Prison in lieu of $75,000 on counts of armed robbery and resisting arrest.