An alert Sheriff’s deputy and teamwork led to the quick apprehension of an Armed Robbery Suspect Sunday, March 8. Deputies responded to 911 reports of an armed robbery with a knife at 9:45 a.m. at Tommy’s Grocery in the 2300 block of La. Hwy 494 south of Natchitoches.
The store clerk informed 911 operators that he had been robbed of an undetermined amount of cash and injured after being attacked by the armed suspect. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS also responded. Lt. Mike Wilson, while on patrol, had just passed the business minutes prior to the robbery and recalled observing a gold Nissan passenger car occupied by a male parked at the store.
911 operators issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for the vehicle to local and surrounding law enforcement agencies. Criminal Investigations Division detectives responded to assist in the investigation. The victim, wearing several layers of clothing, was stabbed multiple times in the back, arm and under the chin and was treated and released at the scene. Detectives and deputies interviewed the victim, processed and photographed the crime scene for evidence.
At 10:10 a.m., only 25 minutes after the robbery was reported, Natchitoches Police stopped a gold 2002 Nissan Altima just off the Bypass on La. Hwy 1 with a male matching the description of the suspect. Detectives, deputies and task force criminal patrol units responded to assist. Agents obtained permission to search the vehicle. During the searcch, agents discovered approximately $181 in US currency, the same amount reported taken, and two knives in the vehicle.
The operator of the vehicle, Tyler Sadarious Charles, 21, of Natchitoches was taken into custody and transported to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division for interview purposes. Detectives say during the interview, review of surveillance video and other physical evidence, they obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to obtain a criminal arrest warrant.
Charles, of the 600 block of Quida Drive, Natchitoches, was charged with 1-count of Armed Robbery and 1-count of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. No bond is currently set. Detectives say the physical evidence will be submitted to the crime lab for DNA analysis pending criminal proceedings.
Sheriff Victor Jones thanks the quick action of all deputies involved in the investigation and Natchitoches Police Department for their actions in a safe apprehension of the suspect. The investigation is still active.
The case will be turned over to the Natchitoches District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
Involved in the investigation were Lt. M. Wilson, Sgt. J. Augustus, Detective C. LaCour, Reserve Deputy M. Williams and Natchitoches Police Department.