A machete-wielding robber was arrested Monday (October 15, 2018) after accosting a motorist in the bathroom of an I-55 welcome center near Kentwood. The victim told deputies he stopped to use the bathroom and a man armed with a machete entered the restroom behind him and demanded money. The victim was able to talk his way out of the bathroom after giving the robber $60. The suspect then fled.
While gathering information and securing the scene, deputies learned that Randy Holmes, Jr. (18) of Greensburg, who worked for a contractor at the center, was unaccounted for. Fearing for Holmes’ safety, deputies began searching for him and found him in good health hiding in a dark area just south of the center. Holmes matched the description of the armed robbery suspect and reportedly confessed to the holdup. He was booked with armed robbery.