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GONZALES - Deputies say two thieves tricked a man into thinking he had something wrong with his car, then robbed him at gunpoint Friday morning.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested one man in connection with the crime and a second remained on the loose Friday night.  The attack happened on Nona Lee Street near Tiggy Duplessis.

Herman Wilson, Jr. faces charges of armed robbery, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery.

Investigators said he and another man pulled up behind the victim at a stop sign and flashed their headlights. They told the man the taillights on his car were out. The man got out to take a look. Deputies said that's when the other two men pulled out guns and demanded "everything he had."

The victim handed over his wallet and cell phone and was hit in the head by one of the suspects.

"From what I hear, whoever it was, pistol-whipped him," said Patty Caminita who lives near the crime scene. "It's senseless, senseless."

At that point, deputies say one of the men told the other to "kill him." The victim got away in his car and the suspects took off, too. They ran on foot after the car they were riding in ran out of gas. Investigators identified Wilson as the owner of the car. Wilson surrendered himself at the sheriff's office Friday afternoon.

Residents living in the area were sent text messages before 9 a.m. alerting them of the incident.

"It's getting a little too close to home," said Caminita.

The identity of the accomplice on the run has not been released. No bond has been set for Wilson.

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