Suspects hold victims at gun point in three incidents in one night
EAST BATON ROUGE- Deputies from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office responded to three separate armed robberies that were committed by the same suspects within one hour.
The robberies took place on October 5.
The first robbery took place at 9:55 p.m. in the 7500 block of Pecue Lane. Authorities said, two victims were standing outside of a residence when a silver Nissan Altima stopped in front of the residence. The victims said, two black males exited the passenger's side of the vehicle wearing masks and armed with pistols.
The victims told authorities that the suspects pointed the guns at their heads and said, "Give me the money." At that time, the female victim told the suspects she did not have any money. The male victim began to fight with one of the suspects and was hit in the head with the gun of the second suspect.
The suspects left in the silver Altima. The injured male suspect was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The second incident took place in the 8300 block of Ned Avenue. Two victims were held at gunpoint by two suspects wearing masks while talking in a parking lot. The suspects pointed the guns at the victims and said, "Give me the money."
Both victims handed over their money to the suspects, and the suspects left the area.
The third incident took place in the 2500 block of Gardere Lane. Three victims stated they were outside talking when a light-colored Nissan Altima circled the block several times.
At some point, the victims said two passengers got out of the vehicle wear masks. The suspects approached the three victims, pointed guns at them and demanded their money.
One of the victims gave the suspects his money. The second victim began to fight with one of the suspects, at which time the second suspect hit the victim in the head numerous times with a gun. The third victim attempted to intervene and was also struck in the head with a gun.
After the incident, the suspects left the area in the Nissan Altima. As deputies arrived at the scene, they saw a silver Nissan Altima. They ran the license plate and found the plate was registered to a stolen Chrysler.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle refused to stop and led deputies on a pursuit. The suspect vehicle struck a parked vehicle during the pursuit. After striking the parked vehicle, the three suspects ran from the vehicle.
The driver was apprehended a short distance away from the vehicle by a K-9. It was later discovered that the vehicle used in the crimes had been reported stolen in September.
The driver was identified as Junior Polanco.
Polanco admitted to driving the stolen vehicle but said the armed robberies were committed by the two other suspects. Polanco was able to pick out an individual during a lineup as one of the people who committed the robberies.
The second suspect admitted to being in the stolen vehicle during the pursuit but denied taking part in the robberies.
Authorities said the suspect picked out by Polanco was able to identify the third suspect.
Polanco is charged with armed robbery.