GONZALES — A Port Vincent woman posed late last year as an in-home barber at a victim’s mobile home in a failed plot with an accomplice to rob the victim of cocaine and money.
As the woman gave the victim a haircut, her armed accomplice broke through the door of the mobile home, demanding, “Give me your coke and your money.”
The victim told him he had nothing to give.
A parish sheriff’s detective testified Monday at a preliminary hearing in the Dec. 19 incident that the victim pushed the robber, Rashad Bridges, 30, 5142 Galaxy Blvd., Darrow, to the door where the victim tried to push him out of the home.
Detective Byron Hill testified the victim and Brittany Renee Gray, Bridges’ accomplice, later told investigators as the two struggled, it appeared as though Bridges was trying to point the weapon and shoot the victim. At one point the two said Bridges pulled the trigger but the gun never fired.
Hill testified that it was Gray, 27, who proposed robbing the victim at his mobile home on La. 42 in Prairieville.
Bridges’ attorney, Jarrett Ambeau, questioned how the victim could have noticed the slight movements of Bridges’ trigger finger while in a life-or-death struggle with him.
Hill testified no one heard a noise from the gun when it malfunctioned, but he stood by the witnesses’ accounts. He also said sheriff’s investigators were not able to get the .22-caliber pistol to fire during their investigation.
Judge Jason Verdigets, of the 23rd Judicial Court, found deputies had probable cause to arrest Bridges on counts of attempted first-degree murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors have charged Gray with attempted armed robbery and possession of heroin, but she has not been arraigned.
Bridges gained notoriety in January for a selfie that earned him a separate theft arrest by Gonzales police. In that case, a surveillance camera on Dec. 2 captured a man taking a money clip with $1,200 from the counter of a store.
Bridges later posted a selfie on social media that showed him wearing the same shirt and black-knit cap worn by the suspect in the theft.