Police: Man arrested for stealing van with kids inside
GONZALES - Investigators said a man who stole a van with two kids inside surrendered today, and faces armed robbery charges on top of kidnapping and auto theft.
Gonzales Police said the parents of John Wallace Aguillard Jr., 19, of Gonzales turned him in Friday morning.
Detectives said Aguillard admitted he stole the van from East Baton Rouge Parish on the Fourth of July. He said he'd been on drugs at the time, which is why he didn't notice there were two kids inside.
Investigators said the van's owners were traveling through Louisiana when they stopped to get gas in Baton Rouge. The parents went inside and left their two children in the van, which was still running. That's when investigators said Aguillard jumped in and took the vehicle, dropping the children off later. They were found unharmed.
Detectives said Aguillard then drove the vehicle ton Donaldsonville, where he tried to rob a man at gunpoint. The victim told them he didn't have any money, so Aguillard fled. Investigators said the victim followed Aguillard in his own vehicle, calling in a description of the stolen van.
Police said Aguillard ditched the van at a superstore parking lot and made it home. They said his parents told him to turn himself in, then later brought him to the Gonzales Police station to surrender.
Police booked Aguillard into the Ascension Parish jail, where they said he also had several outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court for a 2012 charge of illegal weapons and drug possession. They said he'll also be charged as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish and transferred there soon.