Man at center of SWAT standoff accused of several armed robberies _lowres

Donald Williams

A man wanted for questioning in a Baton Rouge shooting who faced off against U.S. Marshals and a SWAT team in on Thursday afternoon has now been booked for a series of armed robberies in New Orleans.

Donald Williams was taken into custody after he barricaded himself for hours inside an apartment on Yorktown Drive in New Orleans East. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said he was a “possible suspect” in a shooting early Thursday morning that sent a woman to the hospital in critical condition.

Williams has been booked for a series of crimes that happened in New Orleans. Authorities believe he committed extortion and the unauthorized use of a moveable in the 4900 block of Chef Menteur Highway on March 20; an armed robbery at a Magnolia Discount in the 3400 block of South Carrollton Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 17; and an armed robbery in the 1600 block of Elysian Fields Avenue two hours later.

Williams was also booked for possessing heroin, which according to booking records was found in his possession after the SWAT standoff.