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Chase Bank robbery suspect says he didn't do it

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Posted: Apr 12, 2011 1:21 PM by WBRZ
Updated: Apr 12, 2011 1:21 PM
Source: BRPD

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Topics: swanson, chase bank, handgun, robbery, monday, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - The man police believe held up a Baton Rouge bank Monday called News 2 before turning himself in to authorities and said he was innocent.

Jauan Swanson surrendered to BRPD officers today after calling News 2 to say he didn't do it, but planned to turn himself in to police to be questioned so they would stop questioning his relatives and searching their homes.

Investigators and District Attorney Hillar Moore say they arranged for Swanson to meet them at a grocery store on Siegen Lane and turn himself in. Police had identified him as a suspect in the Chase Bank robbery earlier Tuesday.

Police believe on Monday Swanson entered the bank with a handgun, demanded money from the bank teller and then fled the scene on foot, shooting at a city constable who had been called to the scene.

Officers and sheriff's deputies blocked Government Street and combed the surrounding neighborhood until early afternoon. Several schools also chose to go on lockdown during the search.

Swanson faces charges of armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, and will be booked into the parish jail after police finish questioning him.

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