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Police: Suspect tried to rob man with rock

by Minden Press-Herald


A Minden man is behind bars after police say he attempted to rob a man using a rock as a weapon.

Benjamin Dwayne Woods Jr., 21, of the 500 block of Patrick Street, was arrested Monday, Oct. 12, and charged with attempted armed robbery.

“The victim called the Minden Police Department saying that someone had just tried to take his money,” Minden police chief Steve Cropper said. “He indicated that a male, identified as Benjamin Woods, came up from behind him as he was walking down Sheppard Street, knocked him down and told him to give him all of his money.”

During the confrontation, Cropper says Woods was holding a rock in his hand and explained that if a person is armed with an object threatening to kill someone during the commission of a crime of this nature, it is considered a dangerous weapon.

“At that point in time, Mr. Woods went through the victim’s pockets and took off running,” he said.

Woods was wearing distinctive clothing, Cropper says, described as red pants, black shoes and a shirt with the word “Grambling” in yellow. Later on, a person matching the description given by the victim was located at the corner of Ida and Walnut Streets, and Officer First Class Jeremy Sitter, Sgt. Joel Kendrick and Officer Terry Stephens made contact with Woods.
Woods was placed under arrest and transported to the Minden Police Department.

“The victim was able to make a positive identification, advising that Mr. Woods was the one who tried to rob and threatened to kill him with a rock,” the chief said. “Mr. Woods was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.”

Woods was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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