APSO arrests one for robbery; seeking identity and whereabouts of second suspect

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Kevin Hanna reports the arrests the arrest of Gonzales man for and armed robbery that occurred this morning shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of Tiggy Duplessis Road and Nona Lee Street in Gonzales in reference to someone being robbed at gunpoint.

Investigators learned that the victim had been flagged down by two individuals that pulled up behind him at the stop sign on Nona Lee Street near Tiggy Duplessis. The two individuals flashed their headlights and told him the taillights were out on his vehicle. The victim exited his vehicle to investigate when both individuals pulled a rifle and handgun, demanding “everything he had.”

The victim gave them his lunchbox that contained a wallet and cellphone when he was struck in the head causing a laceration. At this point one of suspects told the other, “Kill him”. The victim immediately fled the scene in his vehicle and the suspects fled on foot after their vehicle ran out of gas. Based on the suspect’s vehicle registration information, investigators identified one of the suspects as Herman Wilson, Jr. of 935 George Street in Gonzales, Hanna said.

The victim had to receive medical treatment at a local hospital and was later released.

Following an extensive search for Wilson he surrendered to Ascension authorities at approximately 2 p. m. at the Sheriff’s Office in Gonzales.

On Friday, February 13, 2015 Herman Wilson, Jr., 25, of 935 George Street in Gonzales was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated battery. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set as of yet.

Pending further investigation a second arrest in expected.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by texting 847411 to our anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.