Police arrest man accused of 2 armed robbery attempts
WALKER - Police said they arrested a man accused of at least two armed robbery attempts of fast food restaurant drive-thrus in Walker and Denham Springs earlier this month.
Joshua Brooks, 24, was arrested on Dec. 8 following an investigation by Walker Police following an attempted armed robbery of a fast food restaurant in Walker.
Police said Brooks placed his order at the restaurant's drive-thru, drove around to the cashier window and pulled a gun on the employee at the register. Brooks, who disguised his identity with a gray stocking covering his head, demanded all of the money from the register, but his plot was foiled when the clerk slammed the window shut and ran toward the back of the restaurant. When the employee returned to the window with the night shift manager, they found that the armed robber had fled the scene.
During an interview, the clerk told investigators that she recognized the suspect as a former employee of the restaurant based on his eyes, which were visible despite the disguise the man was wearing. She also provided a description of the man, his white car and the black handgun he had used to threaten her. Restaurant management identified the man as Joshua Brooks, provided his home address and told detectives he had worked at the restaurant up until about late September.
As the initial investigation was gearing up, Walker Police learned that a man wearing a stocking over his head had attempted to rob another fast food restaurant in Denham Springs about half an hour before the attempted robbery in Walker. The description of the Denham Springs suspect, his vehicle and weapon matched that of the man believed to be behind the Walker drive-thru robbery attempt.
After taking witness statements and gathering further information, detectives with Walker Police set up surveillance of Brooks' apartment complex. While keeping tabs on his movements, investigators saw Brooks enter a white vehicle that matched the description of the car used during the pair of armed robbery attempts. The Clerk from the Walker restaurant was able to positively identify Brooks in pictures taken by detectives during the surveillance period as the man who had tried to rob the business.
Brooks was arrested at his apartment on Dec. 8 without incident. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a charge of attempted armed robbery.
According to Walker Police, Brooks was also charged in connection with the attempted robbery in Denham Springs while still in jail and could face more charges.