Shreveport police hunting morning bank robber

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 12:23pm

3:50 P.M. UPDATE:

Shreveport Police Department release:

At approximately 10:05 a.m. this morning, patrol officers were dispatched out to the Community Bank of Louisiana in the 400 block of Travis Street relative to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned that a male suspect entered the bank, approached a teller there and raised his shirt to reveal a handgun in the waistband of his pants. The robber demanded money from the employee and then fled the scene of the crime after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery.

A concerned citizen was able to provide responding officers with a license plate number and description of the vehicle the suspect used as a get-away car. A short time later, patrol officers found the vehicle, a Ford Taurus, parked and abandoned on a parking lot near the intersection of Jewella Avenue and Frederick Street. Following up on leads, investigators tentatively identified the suspect they believe robbed the bank and received information that he might be in a house on Frederick Street. Officers surrounded the home and ultimately entered the residence after a search warrant was obtained. The suspect was not inside the home.

At this time detectives are working to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect. He is described as a black male five feet 10 inches tall weighing about 200 pounds. He was wearing a grey hoodie and gloves at the time of the robbery. Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is urged to call Shreveport Police Detective Richard Turpen at 318-673-6955 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.

3:20 P.M. UPDATE: Officer entered the house on Frederick, but the suspect was not there. The area has been taped off while investigators collect evidence from the house.

The suspect is still on the loose. It is unknown if he is armed at this time.

1:51 P.M. UPDATE: Police say they are checking out a second address and are preparing to enter the house on Frederick soon.

1:04 P.M. UPDATE: Authorities are trying to attain a search and arrest warrant for a house in the 3600 block of Frederick.

Officials are still unsure if the suspect is in the house, but were led to it by registration from the car found nearby.

Residents of about 20-30 houses have been evacuated on Frederick and Catherine Street.


12:15 P.M. UPDATE:  It unsure at this time the name of the suspect who led police to house on Frederick.

Police spokesman Bill Goodin says police are airing on the side of caution and have brought in a police negotiator and response team. They are unsure if a suspect is in the house on Frederick.

SHREVEPORT - Officials say a robbery happened in downtown Shreveport Thursday morning and are now looking for the persons responsible.

Police say a person walked into the Shreveport Community Bank, showed a gun, took money from a teller and left the scene in a Ford Taurus.

Authorities found what they believes is the same Taurus 30 minutes later in the 2600 block of Jewella. Police currently have Frederick Street blocked off and believe at least one bank robber is in a house nearby the suspected car.

It is unknown at this time how many individuals were involved in the heist.

KMSS will bring you information as it becomes available.


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