BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two teenagers were arrested and charged with seven counts of hate crime after allegedly robbing and attempting to kill a Hispanic man on Rush Avenue on Wednesday.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 8500 block of Rush Avenue about an armed robbery and an attempted murder of a Hispanic man on May 25. According to EBRSO, the detectives learned that three males had attempted to rob several Hispanic victims in a parking lot.
During the robbery, shots were allegedly fired by one of the suspects. Two vehicles that were parked in the parking lot were also hit, EBRSO says. Deputies were able to get descriptions of the suspects from the victims and found three people who matched the descriptions nearby.
The sheriff’s office says two of the subjects were taken into custody, but one ran off and has not been located. EBRSO says that a handgun was found near where they were detained and was confirmed to have been stolen through the Baton Rouge Police Department.
EBRSO says one of the suspects admitted to their involvement in the robbery on Rush Avenue and other robberies in the area during the month of May. Both were booked into the juvenile detention center.
The 17-year-old suspect was charged with seven counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of hate crime, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile.
The 16-year-old suspect was charged with seven counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder, seven counts of hate crime, and aggravated criminal damage to property.
The sheriff’s office confirms that the suspects were targeting Hispanic victims in the armed robberies.