A meeting between a St. Martinville man and a Denham Springs woman who agreed online to sell him a video game console went sour Monday afternoon when the man pointed a gun at the woman and demanded the item, according to Denham Springs police.
The suspect, Michael Mitchell, allegedly met the woman behind the Chase Bank, 1440 S. Range Ave., Denham Springs, about purchasing an Xbox the woman had advertised on Facebook, according to an arrest warrant. After looking at the item, he pushed a gun in the woman's side, the warrant says.
Officers were inside the bank investigating an unrelated incident when they heard the victim scream, said police spokeswoman Detective Amber Fairburn.
Once the officers came out, the 18-year-old suspect fled in a car south down Range Avenue at a high speed and could not be immediately apprehended, Fairburn said. The woman managed to hang onto the Xbox.
Fairburn said witnesses were able to recall the suspect's license plate and car, while the victim pointed officers to his social media profile and cell phone number. She was also able to identify him from a photo lineup, Fairburn said.
Mitchell was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Monday at Olive Garden, 6911 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, after officers from a state police task force observed his car there, Fairburn said.
Mitchell is being held at the Livingston Parish Detention Center on $100,000 bond on one count of attempted armed robbery, Fairburn said.
Denham Springs Police has a safe transaction zone in front of police headquarters, 447 Lamm St., which is monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras, Fairburn added.