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 is also more recently suspected of robbing a T-Mobile store in New Orleans on Sunday — and in that robbery, he reportedly used 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 came up and 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 on foot through the Target parking lot when another employee arrived, Hicks said.
Then on Sunday the man robbed a T-Mobile store once again, this time in New Orleans — and sprayed the chemical through the air in an effort to prevent anyone following him while he ran away, though he didn’t directly spray any employees in the face, Hicks said.
The man is described as being black, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 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.