Paincourtville man out on bail on armed robbery arrested again, this time in theft of four-wheeler _lowres

Rodney Paul Rhodes II

A man free on reduced bail for charges he robbed a convenience store last fall was arrested again after he was seen stealing a four-wheeler from someone’s driveway, Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies said Monday.

Sheriff deputies tracked down Rodney Paul Rhodes II, 22, 5974 La. 308, Paincourtville, on Friday and arrested him on a single count of felony theft. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a news release that the sounds of someone trying to start the four-wheeler awoke the owner about 3 a.m. April 13 in his home along La. 1.

Once awakened, the homeowner saw through his window that the man was trying to start the four-wheeler, the sheriff said.

Deputy Robert Martin, sheriff’s spokesman, said Monday the man drove away on the four-wheeler but deputies later identified him as Rhodes. Martin said the four-wheeler remains missing.

Rhodes had been arrested in October on counts of armed robbery, simple escape and possession of stolen things in the robbery of several hundred dollars from a Popingo’s on La. 1 in Napoleonville.

Rhodes was originally given bail of $165,000 on those counts, but his bail was reduced in January to $85,000, parish Clerk of Court records show. Rhodes bonded out of jail two days later, deputies said.

Bail had not been set Monday for Rhodes on the new theft count, Martin said.

Rhodes is the son of a former Assumption deputy Rodney Rhodes, who ran unsuccessfully for parish School Board last fall.