U.S. Marshals arrest East Baton Rouge attempted-murder suspect in Las Vegas _lowres

Janel Zachary

A woman wanted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on attempted murder and other counts was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Janel Zachary, 19, arrested Tuesday morning by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, was wanted in an October 2015 armed robbery in Baton Rouge, according to a news release from Christopher Hoye, U.S. Marshal for the District of Nevada.

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office warrant for Zachary accused her of being part of an armed robbery on Oct. 26 outside apartments at 8216 Governor Drive, according to the warrant. Several victims told deputies they had guns pointed at them by at least two suspects and were forced to give up their cellphones, the warrant said.

One victim was struck in the head with a pistol, the document said.

Shots were fired in the incident, but only a pickup was struck, the document said. A stolen silver Ford F150, later believed to be driven by Zachary, was seen speeding away from the area and later crashed into a nearby residence at 9384 Foxrun Drive, the warrant said.

Zachary got out of the vehicle after the collision and asked witnesses if they could help her hide because she was being chased by police, but they refused, the document said.

At least one cellphone stolen from one of the victims was found in or near the pickup, and fingerprint evidence linked Zachary to the apparent getaway vehicle, the warrant said.

Zachary faces five counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of attempted armed robbery and use of a firearm, one count of armed robbery and use of a firearm and one count of aggravated battery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to the warrant.

U.S. marshals developed information that Zachary fled to Las Vegas. After her arrest, she was booked into the Clark County Detention Center pending her extradition to Louisiana.