BRPD: Suspect connected to second bank robbery
BATON ROUGE - Police identified the suspect arrested after a bank robbery and chase through Baton Rouge Friday afternoon.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said authorities arrested Labrick Refuge, 46, of St. Gabriel after a vehicle and foot chase which ended in the parking lot of the St. Jude Catholic Church on Highland Road.
Officers with Baton Rouge Police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department arrested Refuge without incident. Nearby schools were put on lockdown during the pursuit, which was lifted shortly after the arrest.
McKneely said Refuge robbed the Regions Bank at 7777 Jefferson Highway around 11:50 a.m. He said Refuge handed the teller a note demanding money, and fled on foot after it was given to him.
Police said witnesses gave police a description of the suspect's car and its license plate number, and officers spotted the vehicle a short time later on Staring Lane. Police said he ditched the car after a short pursuit, and ran into a nearby neighborhood. Deputies and officers surrounded the area, and caught up with Refuge at St. Jude's.
No one was hurt in the robbery.
Baton Rouge Police said investigators believe Refuge was also responsible for the Nov. 1 robbery of the Regions Bank on Siegen Lane. Surveillance photos at the time showed the robber was wearing a large wig and gloves.
McKneely said Refuge will be charged with First Degree Robbery and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.