Two alleged robbers were caught by Minden Police within 12 hours of an armed robbery of a convenience store on Shreveport Road.
Ashton L. Davis, 19, of the 300 block of Pershing Street, was arrested Friday, March 18, for armed robbery and a probation and parole hold.
Shaquill West, 22, aka “Shaq,” of the 800 block of Mignon Street, was arrested for armed robbery, possession of Schedule I CDS (synthetic marijuana) with intent to distribute and a probation hold.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says they received a call about 2 a.m., Friday, that a convenience store on Shreveport Road had been robbed at gunpoint.
“Two suspects came in with what appeared to be a rifle or a
shotgun, as described by the clerk,” he said. “Both suspects had masks on, and both had distinct clothing on. They took an unknown amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes.”
Cropper says about 6:30 that same morning, detectives received information about possible suspects that may have committed the robbery. Patrol officers, along with detectives, made contact with Davis that morning at a residence on Front Street, he said.
“Once the officers made contact with Davis, they located several cartons of cigarettes at the residence,” he said. “He was advised of his rights and brought to the police station where he admitted to being involved in the robbery of the convenience store.”
Cropper says Davis was questioned in reference to the weapon reportedly used in the commission of the crime, and Davis told police the weapon was a sawed off shotgun and it was thrown into a creek that runs along Shreveport Road.
The weapon has not been recovered, the chief said.
“Davis indicated at that time he’d split the cartons of cigarettes and the money with Shaquill West,” he said. “About 2:15 that same afternoon, officers made contact with West, who was arrested in the 300 block of Talton Gardens, where he was discovered hiding in an attic.”
Cropper says at the residence, police retrieved a pair of tennis shoes believed to have been worn during the robbery were found in a trashcan. Also found were several loose packs of cigarettes and two cartons of cigarettes. All these items were collected and logged into evidence.
“Once they got him into custody, West had about 36 grams of synthetic marijuana in his possession with about a $300 street value,” he said. “At first he denied it, but when he was brought to the police station and interviewed, he admitted to being involved in the robbery with Ashton Davis.”
West reportedly admitted to ownership of the synthetic marijuana.
West and Davis were transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.