Fourth student arrested in campus holdup
BATON ROUGE - A fourth student has been arrested in the February armed robbery attempt at a Southern University dorm. Detectives identified the attackers by following their movements on security camera video back to a particular dorm room, police records show.
Kailain Sylvain, 19, of Alexandria, was booked Saturday into Parish Prison with attempted armed robbery and home invasion.
The victim was in a friend's dorm room on Feb. 26 recording music when a group of men knocked on the door. When he let them in, they asked about his music and then left.
He heard another knock and opened the door to find several men with their faces covered. One shoved a silver, pearl-handled pistol in his face.
The attackers grabbed him and checked his clothes, asking "where is it?," police records show. They demanded his clothes and his money, with the armed man threatening to pistol whip him if he didn't comply.
The victim told the attackers his clothes were at his girlfriend's dorm room. They walked him there. The victim told police he made certain to take the assailants past security cameras as they walked. At the girlfriend's dorm, he went into the room while the robbers waited outside. One of the robbers told the woman her boyfriend wouldn't be able to leave until they got what they came for. She closed the door and called for help.
Investigators used security camera video to get an image of the clothes the attackers were wearing and then searched other available video until they found men the same size wearing the same clothes entering another dorm room. University officials were able to provide the names of the students in that room and police then were able to match surveillance video with photos of those identified by the university.
Earlier this week, police booked 18-year-old Jaleel Bridges, of DeQuincy; 20-year-old Rodney Briggs, of Kentwood and 19-year-old Deylan Jones, of Mesquite, Texas in the same attack, booking records show.