Man sought in T-Mobile robberies in BR, N.O.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man suspected of pepper-spraying a Baton Rouge T-Mobile store employee and stealing $2,500 worth of cellphones from the store last month.

That man also is suspected of robbing a T-Mobile store in New Orleans on Sunday, reportedly using pepper spray to help make his escape.

In the Baton Rouge incident on Jan. 18, the man walked into the T-Mobile store on Siegen Lane and began looking at phones on a display wall in the rear of the store, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

When an employee asked if he needed any help, the man pulled out a can of pepper spray from his sleeve, sprayed the employee in the face, and then cut out multiple phones from the display wall with an unknown object, Hicks said.

The man then fled through the Target parking lot when another employee arrived, Hicks said.

On Sunday the man robbed a T-Mobile store in New Orleans — and sprayed the chemical through the air in an effort to prevent anyone from following him while he ran away, though he didn’t directly spray any employees in the face, Hicks said.

The robber is described as a black man, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

He was wearing a dark V-neck sweater vest, a tan button-down shirt, a dark hat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the robbery may call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867.

Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Brittany Jewell, 27, 4672 Raymond Labauve Road, Brusly, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and failure to signal.

Jamie Polk, 27, 14059 La. 417, Batchelor, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless operation and driver’s license revoked or suspended.

Toddrick Stevenson, 26, 12025 E. Banofax Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, operating vehicle while under suspension, failure to signal and driving left of center.

To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.