Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday nabbed a Baton Rouge couple accused of robbing the Siegen Lane Chase Bank last week.

Cedric T. Robillard Jr., 40, committed the robbery while his girlfriend, LaShonda Hawkins-Wilson, 38, drove the getaway car, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Robillard is accused of entering the bank and passing a note to a manager, demanding money. When the manager told Robillard the money was in the back of the bank, Robillard jumped over the counter, opened a cash drawer and made away with more than $4,000, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Hicks said Robillard and Hawkins-Wilson went on a shopping spree at an outlet mall after the robbery.

An anonymous tip led to the identification of Robillard as a suspect in the robbery, Hicks said.

He was out on parole after pleading guilty to simple burglary in November 2013. It’s unclear from court records how much prison time he served following the plea, although records indicate he was sentenced to three years in prison. He received credit for time served in jail before the plea.

Robillard’s probation officer helped identify Robillard as the man seen on surveillance video robbing the bank, Hicks said.

Both Robillard and Hawkins-Wilson will be booked into the Parish Prison on counts of first-degree robbery, Hicks said.

Man booked in Perkins Road purse snatching

A Baton Rouge man accused of attacking a woman and snatching her purse in the parking lot of the Albertson’s on Perkins Road was arrested Wednesday.

According to a police report, Ronald Freeman Jr., 35, stalked a woman inside the Albertson’s on Dec. 29 before following her to the parking lot. He approached her and began to yank her purse, the report says.

When the woman realized what was happening, a scuffle ensued. A wine bottle fell to the ground and shattered. The woman then fell while struggling with the man, cutting herself on some of the broken glass on the ground, the report says.

The purse snatcher, later identified as Freeman, was able to run away with her purse.

Freeman, of 8904 Mary Ruth Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of purse snatching and aggravated battery, booking records show.

Two sought in AT&T robbery attempt

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s detectives are looking for two men caught on camera trying, but failing, to steal phones from an AT&T store on Wax Road the morning of Jan. 17.

Video at the store, located at 14409 Wax Road, shows two men using crow bars to pry open the front door and then head to a back closet where the store’s phones were stored at around 6:45 a.m.

The men left without any merchandise because the phones were locked inside a metal cage, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They drove off in what appeared to be a silver or tan mini-van.

The first man is described as a Hispanic or white man with short, dark hair and mustache, who was wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt, blue hat, light-colored jeans and black gloves.

The second man is described as a Hispanic or white man with short, dark hair and mustache, who was wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt, tan hat with a blue bill, light colored blue jeans and blue gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7876.

Authorities book 7 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Greer Beaumont, 21, 4411 St. Roch Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, improper lane usage and disobeying a red light.

Misty Breaux, 37, 8057 Sholar Drive, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense, and failure to dim headlights.

Jandio Chiquengue, 25, 1315 Bob Pettit Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and driving left of center.

Jerry Davis, 56, 3515 Adams Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, insurance required, license plate required, drinking in a motor vehicle, driver’s license required/expired and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Ayana Forbes, 22, 3562 Beechwood Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a previous offense, following too close, and no proof of insurance.

Robert Pecora, 22, 5720 Mahony Road, St. Francisville, first-offense DWI, careless operation, and tail lamps required.

Tanner White, 21, 5023 Waterford Drive, Zachary, first-offense DWI and careless operation.


Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.