October 17, 2018

Man With Machete Robs Motorist Near Kentwood

Source: Robert Rhoden and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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. 

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