DONALDSONVILLE — The robbery suspect who threatened to jump from the Sunshine Bridge on Thursday afternoon was safely taken into custody, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff said the suspect, 25-year-old Darrin Miller, of DeRidder, will be evaluated at a local hospital and booked into St. James Parish Prison before being transferred to Ascension. Miller will be booked on counts of armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder.
The Sunshine Bridge was closed in both directions for hours on Thursday as officers with the St. James and Ascension sheriff's offices attempted to help Miller, the Ascension Sheriff's Office said shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.
The bridge was re-opened around 5:30 p.m., according to the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Shortly before noon Thursday, deputies responded to a 911 call from a Donaldsonville business, the Beauty Town store on Thibaut Drive, about an armed robbery.
Deputies said Miller, armed with a knife, had robbed the clerk and fled. During their search, deputies learned that Miller was seen walking on the Sunshine Bridge, the Sheriff's Office said.
The store clerk, who was punched during the robbery of the Donaldsonville business, was transported to the hospital, the Sheriff's Office said.
When deputies approached Miller on the bridge, he threatened to jump. Officers spent the afternoon negotiating with Miller for his safety.