5 arrested after Essen Lane convenience store holdup
BATON ROUGE - Five suspects believed to be behind a pair of armed robberies were arrested during a traffic stop on Tuesday.
18-year-old Terry Joseph, 21-year-old Alvin Rogers, 18-year-old Kailia Scott, 19-year-old Signy Ragas and 25-year-old Roidaniell Williams were all booked on armed robbery charges.
Deputies said two suspects entered the Circle K at 5857 Essen Lane wearing concealing clothing with cloth over their faces. One of the suspects was armed with a semiautomatic handgun while the other was carrying a black bag.
The suspects held the cashier at gunpoint while they loaded the contents of both cash registers into their bag before fleeing the business.
Shortly after the robbery was reported, officers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle where they came into contact with five suspects. One officer reported seeing a handgun and the black bag in plain view. Two of the suspects were still wearing clothing that matched the description of the robbers.
According to a suspect, Signy Ragas walked into the business to check to make sure the clerk was alone before returning to the vehicle to alert the others. Police said he would then return to the vehicle before coming back into the store with Roidaniell Williams accompanying him. One of the suspects said they all live together and had spent time planning the armed robbery.
The same suspect also admitted that shortly before the Circle K robbery, the band had robbed another gas station. That armed robbery is also under investigation by EBRSO.