Tip leads to arrest in May robbery of Target store on Siegen Lane _lowres

Christopher Johnson

An anonymous tip led deputies to arrest a man Friday who is accused indicating to a Target store employee that he had a gun and making off with $600 cash in May, a police report says.

According to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report, Christopher Ray Johnson walked into the electronics section of the Target on Siegen Lane on May 20 and approached an employee moving money from registers to a locked rolling cabinet.

Johnson raised his shirt as if he had a gun and told the employee not to move, the report says. He then took the employee’s keys to a register, scooped money from the cash drawer and ran out of the store to a waiting car, the report says.

Several employees witnessed the robbery, and the robbery was captured on video surveillance.

Detectives released a photo of the suspect and received an anonymous tip Oct. 15 that Johnson was behind the robbery. An employee at Target was able to pick Johnson’s photo out of a six-person photogenic line-up Nov. 5 as the one who robbed Target, according to the report.

Johnson, 1222 Jim Taylor Dr. Unit 5, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of first-degree robbery.