A Baton Rouge man was arrested after he allegedly participated in three armed robberies over the course of an hour last month.
Junior Polanco, 18, of Bernwood Drive, is accused of being one of two men who approached three separate groups of people and robbed them at gunpoint.
All three incidents occurred on Oct. 5, according to Sheriff's Office arrest reports.
The first robbery occurred just before 9 p.m. when a man and a woman said they were standing in the 7500 block of Pecue Lane, according to Sheriff's Office report. A silver Nissan Altima stopped near the duo and two men — armed and wearing masks — got out and approached them. The men pointed their guns at the victims' heads, according to the report, and said "Give me the money."
The woman said she didn't have any money, and the man began to fight with one of the armed men, according to the report. He was hit in the head with a gun, and the two armed men left the area.
Forty-one minutes later, two people said they were in the 8300 block of Ned Avenue when two men approached and robbed them in the same fashion, according to deputies.
About 11 minutes later, three people said they were in the 2500 block of Gardere Lane when two men approached them and attempted to rob them in the same fashion, deputies said. One of the victims handed over money, while another attempted to fight the armed men. That person was struck several times with a gun, according to the report, and another who attempted to intervene, was also struck.
Deputies said they observed a Nissan Altima leaving the scene of the last robbery. After running the plates, it was determined they belonged to a Chrysler that had been reported stolen. After leading deputies on a chase, the Altima eventually went off the road in the 8800 block of Coy Avenue and struck a parked car.
Three men inside the vehicle attempted to flee, one of whom was arrested nearby, deputies said. The man identified himself as the driver of the vehicle, which was also stolen, but said he had not been involved in the robberies.
A search of the vehicle revealed a fingerprint, which belonged to Polanco, according to booking documents. The man who identified himself as the driver picked Polanco out of a six-person lineup, police said.
Polanco, who admitted to being in the car but not taking part in the robberies, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Thursday on two counts of armed robbery. He was being held on $300,000 bail.