Armed robberies suspect arrested

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – U.S. Marshals investigators from the Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force arrested a suspect wanted by both Baton Rouge Police and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators took into custody 19-year-old Christopher Rogers at a Baton Rouge apartment complex Friday morning, according to marshals.

Rogers was wanted in Ascension for five counts of attempted first degree murder, six counts of armed robbery, six counts of armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to property, stemming from multiple incidents that took place in March, marshals said.

Rogers also allegedly committed attempted second degree murder Feb. 2 when he shot at a victim several times in Baton Rouge, marshals added.

Investigators said they conducted an extensive investigation to locate Rogers all over Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes over the past few weeks. They said they followed up on a lead that Rogers was hiding out at the apartment when he was located and arrested without incident.

Investigators added that a firearm was found at the apartment and turned over to detectives for evidence.

“The Task Force is very pleased with the peaceful arrest of this violent fugitive,” Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Wayne Plyar said. “The crimes that Rogers is alleged to have committed are severe and our investigators had information that he was always armed and had the potential to take drastic measures if confronted.”

Authorities identified Rogers and 19-year-old Johnny Ray Williams as suspects following a reported armed robbery March 26 in Prairieville, according to Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

The next day at about 8 p.m. deputies were called back to Country Ridge subdivision for a report of a man being shot during a second robbery attempt in the same subdivision, Bacala said. He reported the wound was non-life threatening.

Williams was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Ascension Parish jail on five counts of armed robbery and five counts of armed robbery with a firearm (additional penalties) on March 30, Bacala reported.

As a result of the arrest of Williams, Rogers was identified as a second suspect, the chief deputy said.

The Middle Louisiana Fugitive Task Force, coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service, is a multi-agency task force that targets persons wanted for violent crimes, narcotics violations and sex offenders in the Capitol area and surrounding parishes.

Participating agencies are the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Probation and Parole and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny Ray Williams