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BATON ROUGE - GPS technology on a stolen cell phone led investigators to the accused thief's home over the weekend.

Derrick Lee allegedly robbed a man and woman before shooting them on Friday on Bard Avenue.  Investigators said the suspect took off and was caught on a house off Dutton Street. An affidavit of probable cause said when authorities showed up at the home, they called the victim's cell phone and it rang inside.

Ivoryon Roman tried to save the victims' lives after the shooting. She recalled the chaos that followed the gunshots Friday. 

"I had got a pair of jeans to hold pressure on her wound," Roman said. "When I hold pressure on her wound, shew as worried about her boyfriend, and he was worried about her."

Without cell phones, the victims couldn't call for help.

"The tenant who got shot was running all around, bleeding all over the place because he couldn't find anyone home to call," Landlord Carolyn Frey said.

The victims managed to identify the man they said shot them before they were taken to the hospital.  Prosecutors said despite the evidence and they have their work cut out for them.

"We know what our burden is," District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "We will present the facts, and let a jury decide. There's never a guarantee on any case we have."

The GPS technology is an important tool now utilized when possible to help law enforcement and prosecutors catch and convict criminals.

"Cell phones, GPS tracking, all of that will help us" Moor said. "It doesn't haeppn in every case, but wish we had it more but we don't."

The victims remain in the hospital. 

Lee faces attempted murder, armed robbery and drug charges. Court documents show he knew the victims he allegedly robbed.


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