Man attempts to bribe deputy during Wal-Mart shoplifting arrest
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies say they arrested a Sicily Island man after he tried to bribe an officer to get out of being arrested for shoplifting Friday morning.
21-year-old D’vonte Leonard was booked on charges of theft of goods, resisting an officer and public bribery following the incident at the North Mall Drive Wal-Mart Supercenter.
At around 11:30 a.m., Leonard was observed by an asset protection associate as he went to the sporting goods section of the store and proceeded to remove a $29.88 semi-automatic BB gun from its package before shoving it down the leg of his pants. The asset protection associate made contact with Leonard after he purchased other items and tried to leave the store and escorted him to the loss prevention offices.
When a deputy arrived at the scene, Leonard falsely identified himself as “Daruis Lewis” and provided an incorrect birthdate. He eventually complied with officers and provided his real information.
After Leonard was handcuffed and escorted to the EBRSO patrol unit, the man reportedly asked “Can I give y’all something to make this go away?” and said “I can give ya’ll $100 to let me go.” Deputies declined the offer and transported Leonard to the EBR Parish Prison for booking.