A purse-snatcher who used his own ID to cash someone else’s check was caught Sunday, a few weeks after the crime, after his mother identified him in surveillance footage of an unrelated armed robbery at a convenience store, police said.
Tevin Jemone Gunter, who turns 25 on Tuesday, ran away with a woman’s purse outside a Circle K on Airline Highway on March 3, according to a Baton Rouge Police report.
He drove off in a silver car, the statement says. Later, Gunter used his own Louisiana identification card to cash one of the woman’s checks, which had been in her purse, at the woman’s bank, according to the report.
Later, on March 12, Gunter pointed a revolver at a cashier at a Circle K store on Florida Boulevard and demanded cash, a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of liquor, according to a separate Baton Rouge Police statement. He fled with $89.
After detectives released surveillance footage of the armed robbery to local media outlets, Gunter’s mother contacted authorities and identified her son as a possible suspect, the report says.
The armed robbery victim identified Gunter in a six-person lineup, according to the statement. He admitted to the convenience store robbery but denied using a weapon in the crime, the report says.
Gunter, of 7846 Prescott Road, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of purse snatching, access device fraud and armed robbery. He was assigned a bond of $51,000, according to jail records.