A suspect who held authorities at bay for almost six hours after robbing a man in Shreveport’s Pierremont neighborhood is behind bars this morning.
At approximately 10:50 p.m. on January 19, 2012, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to a home in the 6200 block of Dillingham Avenue relative to a robbery. Upon arrival there, officers contacted an adult male victim who reported to them he was awakened by a masked man armed with a knife and what appeared to be a handgun demanding money from him. The victim gave the intruder a small amount of cash as well the keys to his Chevrolet pick-up truck which the man then absconded in. The victim was not injured.
The stolen truck was equipped with OnStar and within moments they were able to provide patrolmen with the gps location of the vehicle and officers soon caught up with it. As they tried to stop the man, he refused to comply and led them on a lengthy vehicle pursuit that ended only when OnStar disabled the truck on Woodfield Drive near its intersection with Browning Street. When police approached the stolen truck, the suspect, who was still masked, produced a handgun and pointed it to his own head. Officers immediately backed off, secured a perimeter and called for the Crisis Negotiation Team.
Crisis negotiators spent the next five and a half hours talking to the robber via the OnStar system and, just before 5:00 a.m. on January 20, 2012, he tossed the handgun on the dashboard of the stolen truck and stepped out with his hands up. He was immediately taken into custody without incident. The suspect, identified as 42 year old John Wayne Remedies of Whitehouse, Texas, was subsequently booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on one count each of armed robbery and aggravated flight. Upon further investigation, detectives learned the gun he used to commit the robbery was actually a toy pistol.