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|Armed robbery of Dodge Store thwarted by CPSO deputies|
Concordia Parish Sheriff's deputies thwarted an apparent early morning armed robbery attempt at the Dodge Store on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway Tuesday when they captured two masked, hooded men who ran from behind the store, through the nearby Concordia Park subdivision and over to Sage Road.
Current charges against the two men are:
Derius Rayshan Jordan, 21, 521 Peniston St., Sicily Island; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, attempted armed robbery, flight from an officer, criminal trespass and probation violation.
Ronnie Kendrell Cooper, 18, 16 Langford St., Monroe; attempted armed robbery, flight from an officer and criminal trespass.
"This was good, solid police work," commented Sheriff Randy Maxwell. "Experience played a huge role in these arrests," he said as he praised Deputy Dennis Cowan, who recently returned from retirement as a CPSO investigator to serve as a patrol officer, and Deputy Phillip Webber.
CPSO received a call at 6:38 a.m. Tuesday from a Concordia Park resident stating that a car was parked by an abandoned house and two black males were seen leaving the vehicle, jumping the ditch and heading toward the Dodge Store.
Cowan immediately responded, spotting the locked gray Mustang with no license plate. Peering inside with a flashlight, he could see the license plate jammed in between the front seat and the console. He could also see a receipt on the front passenger seat for gloves and a screwdriver.
He notified CPSO Dispatcher David Cobb of the vehicle's information, which led to the owner's name, Derius R. Jordan, and a background check revealed a criminal history of burglary charges and probation.
"When I received that information," Cowan said, "I pretty well knew what was most likely about to happen. And then I saw the two guys run from the side of the Dodge Store around to the back."
Webber arrived on the scene also and first checked the small shed in the rear of the store. As he continued the search, he saw the two masked and hooded men crouched down behind the store.
"As I came around, they started running," Webber said. "I shouted at them to stop and that they were under arrest." He said the pair continued to run and he saw one of them pull a pistol out of his pocket.
Webber and Cowan continued the chase on foot, now joined by K-9 Officer Denis Mulvihill with Jaap, Sgt. Greg Jackson, Investigator Jack Fletcher, Chief Investigator Bobby Sheppard and La. State Trooper Dalton Wiley.
Webber relates that officers followed the pair down Sage Road where neighborhood dogs were barking wildly. Then a call came in from a resident who heard noises under her mobile home.
"When we got to the trailer," Webber said, "I could see them under there in the back right corner with their backs to me. I told them to come out with their hands up, they were under arrest."
At this point, one suspect ran out from the far end of the trailer and was immediately apprehended by Fletcher and Sheppard. When the CPSO's K-9 began barking, the second suspect came out from under the trailer and was placed under arrest.
A search warrant was obtained to check the entire vehicle for further evidence.
CPSO investigators are also trying to determine if the two suspects are connected to recent burglaries and robberies in Sicily Island, Wiser and St. Joseph.
"Both Dennis and Phillip did an absolutely outstanding job with this, as did everyone on the scene," Maxwell added. "Also, we have to thank the private citizens who played a big part in this by calling in suspicious activity in their neighborhood. This was absolutely crucial to the case. It was another prime example of neighbors watching out for one another."
"I cannot say enough about how this was handled from the very minute the first call came in," Maxwell noted. "Experienced officers were able to bring this to a conclusion with no armed robbery, no shots fired and no injuries. It doesn't get any better."
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