GONZALES - A Gonzales man was arrested Friday after he and another man robbed a driver at gunpoint — after flagging him down at a stop sign and telling him his tail lights were out, said Maj. Kevin Hanna, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Herman Wilson Jr., 25, 935 George St., Gonzales, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail on counts of armed robbery, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery, Hanna said in a news release. Bail is yet to be set.
Wilson and another man are accused of pulling up behind the victim at a stop sign on Nona Lee Street, near Tiggy Duplessis Road, about 6:30 a.m. Friday, flashing their headlights and telling the other driver his tail lights were out, Hanna said.
When the man got out of his car to look, he was confronted by the two holding a rifle and handgun, who asked for “everything he had,” Hanna said.
After turning over a lunchbox with his wallet and cellphone inside, the victim was struck in the head.
When he next heard one of the suspects say, “Kill him,” he got in his car and fled, the release says. The victim had to get medical treatment at a local hospital for his head wound, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The two suspects drove off, then left their vehicle after it ran out of gas.
Investigators identified Wilson based on his vehicle registration information, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity and whereabouts of the second suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636, text 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.