BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Capital area authorities say they’re searching for a group of suspects tied to multiple armed robberies that occurred in the Baton Rouge area on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 28.
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD), each of the victims were targeted by four suspects in a white Ford Explorer.
“We found the vehicle not too far, unoccupied, it was still running with Texas plates,” said BRPD Spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.
Police say the suspects in the Ford flashed their headlights and might have used a blue flashing light to persuade the victims to pull over.
“They were flashing their lights. We had one reported they were just flashing their lights and another that it was a blue light, so the victims were following what they believed to be a law enforcement pulling them over,” said McKneely.
But upon pulling over, the victims were robbed.
“One was actually pulled out of the vehicle, so it’s a dangerous type of situation,” said McKneely.
McKneely said at least one person got away before getting robbed.
“When they walked up to the young lady’s vehicle, just so happened that she had her car doors locked, when they attempted to pull the door, they weren’t able to open the door, and she saw what was going on and speed off,” McKneely said.
Authorities eventually found the Ford abandoned in the 1500 block of North 23rd Street.
But as of Thursday afternoon, detectives are still attempting to track down the four suspects. They’re asking that anyone with related information immediately contact either BRPD at (225) 389-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
In view of these recent crimes, BRPD is also urging citizens to be cautious when behind the wheel and especially when it appears that another vehicle is asking drivers to pull over.
The agency advises:
“If someone is getting pulled over at night and the vehicle that is attempting to stop you isn’t identifiable, turn on the vehicle hazard lights, drive to an area with sufficient lighting and dial 911. The dispatch operators will be able to assist the driver with information.”Baton Rouge Police Department