‘Needing money’ drives Baton Rouge teen to robbery, deputies say _lowres

Ja'Andrea Sherman, 17

A Baton Rouge teen “in a bad place needing money” wound up in a gun battle Monday morning outside an Acadian Thruway food mart after the man he attempted to rob pulled out a handgun, according to Baton Rouge police.

Ja’Andrea Sherman, 17, demanded at gunpoint the man hand over a bag outside a store at 2223 N. Acadian Thruway, around 9 a.m. Monday, a Baton Rouge police report says, but wound up shot in the leg after the victim pulled a semi-automatic pistol from the bag and opened fire.

Sherman returned fire, shooting the victim in the stomach, the report says.

The two wounded men took off running in opposite directions but both wound up at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the report says, where the victim was taken into surgery.

After a detective read Sherman his rights in a hospital room, the report says, he admitted to mugging the victim “because he was in a bad place needing money” and saw the man walking by with a bag.

Sherman told the detective he collapsed in a yard after fleeing the food mart parking lot “but was still able to call police,” the report says.

Sherman was arrested on his discharge from the hospital and booked into Parish Prison early Tuesday morning on counts of attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

Sherman remained in jail Wednesday. Bail had not yet been set.

The report says the victim came through surgery and was listed in stable condition.