Social media sale leads to robbery

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Kaitlyn Cox

If you've been browsing the Facebook market for goods, you may want to pay attention. An Ascension Sheriff's Office report from November 9 details a social media sale that led to an armed robbery.

APSO reported the arrests of 22-year-old Michael Lomas and 22-year-old Tyrell Jimerson, for two counts of armed robbery on Wednesday, November 8.

According to the report, on Friday, November 3, deputies were called to the area of Deck Boulevard in Geismar regarding someone being robbed at gunpoint. After investigating, deputies learned that a victim was set to meet someone from a social media advertisement in reference to a cell phone for sale.

The victim stated that two black males approached the victim’s vehicle. After giving the victim the cell phone, armed with a handgun, they took both the phone and the victim’s cash. Nearly 20 minutes afterwards, deputies responded to a second armed robbery complaint that occurred on Conner Road in Geismar. Again, it was learned that the victim agreed to meet an individual to buy a cell phone from a social media advertisement. Once the victim arrived, the victim was approached by two black males who took both the cell phone and the victim’s cash and fled the scene.

However, detectives received several anonymous tips advising that both Lomas and Jimerson were in the area at the time of the robberies.

The report states that on Wednesday, November 8, detectives, with the assistance of the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, located Jimerson at a motel in Baton Rouge where he was arrested. Detectives also located Lomas on Deck Boulevard in Geismar where he was arrested.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that 21-year-old Kaitlyn Cox and Michael Jones, 21, helped set up the fake account for the cell phone for Jimerson and Lomas. Both Cox and Jones were arrested for two counts principal to armed robbery.

Sheriff Wiley emphatically warns the general public while there may be some legitimate businesses and people who meet online to conduct a business transaction, you should do it with extreme caution and never ever alone.

In other words, if they claim to be selling iPhone X for $30 bucks, don't get sucked in. Be very cautious!

Arrest information below:

Tyrell Jimerson, 22, of 11027 Stevenson Road, Geismar, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Michael Lomas, 22, of 13382 Dooley Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Kaitlyn Cox, 21, of 43084 Weber City Road, Gonzales, was arrested and charged with two counts principal to armed robbery.

Michael Jones, 21, of 42245 Moody Dixon Road, lot 5, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with two counts principal to armed robbery.

All were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet, as of Thursday November 8.