At approximately 7 a.m. on June 26, 2022 a male entered a gas station on Highway 21 near Covington, brandished a firearm and demanded the clerk give him money from the register. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. STPSO Major Crimes detectives learned the individual responsible was a 16-year-old male from Mt. Hermon. They also learned that Richard Williams, a family member of the juvenile, was a suspect in a separate case being worked by STPSO Property Crimes detectives following a vehicle burglary which occurred May 8, 2022 at a convenience store in the Lee Road area.
Detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of both the juvenile and Williams. With the assistance of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, the juvenile was taken into custody at his residence on Thursday (July 7, 2022) evening and booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on one count each of First-Degree Robbery and Obstruction of Justice. It was determined the firearm used in the robbery was an airsoft pistol. Williams was taken into custody Thursday evening at the Covington Law Enforcement Complex and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on one count of simple burglary.
“I commend our detectives for the work they did to make these arrests,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “Again, we send the message that if you come into our parish and commit crimes, you will be arrested.”