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BRPD: Tip led to bank robbery arrest

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago April 04, 2014 Apr 4, 2014 Friday, April 04 2014 April 04, 2014 10:07 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Police said a tip received late Thursday night led them to a man suspected of robbing a Baton Rouge bank that same day.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said investigators arrested Luther Smith, 56, on suspicion of armed robbery.

McKneely said the tip helped officers identify Smith as the man seen in surveillance photos taken from the Capital One Bank Thursday morning. Police said Smith came into the bank through a back public entrance and gave the teller a note, then lifted his shirt and showed her he had a gun in his waistband. After the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, police said Smith fled the scene on foot.

Officers said they found Smith walking in the 900 block of South Acadian around 11 p.m. Thursday, and arrested him without incident. He was booked into the parish prison.


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