Haughton — The Bossier Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who robbed a store owner at gunpoint in Haughton about 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Authorities are looking for two black men with an average build and height, in their 20s or 30s. According to the victim, one of the men is light-skinned, and one is wearing a bandana. The victim also described the weapon used in the robbery as a small, silver handgun. Authorities are also looking for an older model two- or four-door vehicle, possibly dark colored and possible damage to the right front fender with a right front missing hubcap.
The incident began when Bossier Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Bargain Shop at 1915 Highway 80 at 12:27 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found an elderly store owner of the small work clothing sales shop unharmed, but she told deputies two men had just left her business with about $85 cash after demanding the money at gunpoint.
Bossier detectives, crime scene investigators and K-9 team were dispatched to conduct their investigation. The store owner told detectives that two men entered the store and looked around like they were going to buy some clothing. She said one of the men asked if she had change for a $20, so she checked the register. She then said while she gathered the money, that same man pointed a handgun by the counter at waist level towards her demanding all the money. She told detectives the man kept saying, “Don’t act dead” and that he needed the money more than she did. The other man left the store first, followed quickly by the man with the gun, but the store owner says she didn’t see them get into a car, but rather were on foot.
K-9 units diligently searched the area but were unable to determine a good track on the suspects. However, detectives were able to coordinate with neighboring businesses that had surveillance video showing the two men in action. Video obtained from across the street on Highway 80 showed that the suspects parked their car in the parking lot of Louisiana Power Sports, which is on the west side of the neighboring Crawfish Palace on Highway 80. They walked through the parking lots of those businesses and the Louisiana Granite Yard to the Bargain Shop next door, entered the store and exited a few minutes later. One man exited casually while the other exited quickly about 15 seconds later, joining the first man until they arrived at their staged vehicle some 150 yards west on Highway 80 at Louisiana Power Sports. They then fled the scene in their vehicle. The video footing shows the men and their vehicle enough to see what happened, but not enough to identify them.
However, video surveillance obtained from Louisiana Power Sports shows the vehicle leaving the parking lot heading westbound on Highway 80.
Bossier detectives are continuing their investigation, but are asking if anyone has any information about this case to contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203 and ask to speak with a detective.