Bank robbery suspect arrested in S. Carolina
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said a hit-and-run wreck and an observant witness helped them catch up with a suspected bank robber who fled from East Baton Rouge to South Carolina.
Deputies said Michael Rossi, 24, was arrested Wednesday morning in South Carolina on a warrant for armed robbery.
Investigators said Rossi went into the Whitney Bank on Coursey Boulevard Friday afternoon, pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money. After receiving the cash, deputies said Rossi fled in a red car.
Detectives said just before the bank robbery a similar car was involved in a hit-and-run wreck near the bank. The victim gave deputies the car's license plate number, which detectives said led them to Rossi. They also said Rossi's family in East Baton Rouge Parish identified him as the robber after looking at bank surveillance video. The family told detectives that Rossi had left work early Friday saying he had to take care of something at a bank, and that a gun and other belongings were missing from his home.
Detectives said they learned Rossi was staying in South Carolina with friends and contacted authorities there. They found Rossi Wednesday morning and took him into custody.
Sheriff's deputies from East Baton Rouge are on their way to South Carolina to continue their investigation.