DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs Police arrested an 18-year-old St. Martinville man Dec. 4 after he held a lady at gunpoint during a sales transaction for a video game console.
Michael Mitchell, of 1045 Brookewood Drive, is in custody on $100,000 bond at Livingston Parish Detention Center on one count of attempted armed robbery.
DSPD officers arrested him at the Olive Garden on 6911 Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge several hours after the incident.
The female victim – whose name was not released – met Mitchell earlier in the day at the Chase Bank location on 1440 Range Avenue. He pulled out a handgun and pressed it into the victim’s side after he had inspected the game console, according to Police Chief Shannon Womack.
The victim resisted and screamed, which alerted a DSPD officer who was inside the game to investigate an unrelated situation.
Mitchell fled southbound on Range Avenue in a 2015 Ford Focus at a high rate of speed. Officers could not immediately apprehend him.
Witnesses provided officers the license plate number on Mitchell’s car, and the victim provided officers his cell phone number and social media profile, Womack said.
Mitchell was captured on surveillance cameras when he entered the bank lobby prior to the incident.
The victim had put the console up for sale through a social media website, Womack said.
“The Denham Springs Police Department is certainly pleased that no one was injured during this incident, but we urge people to use common sense in conducting private party sales with unknown persons,” he said.
The DSPD has created a Safe Transaction Zone at the headquarters on 447 Lamm Street, Womack said. The area is manned around the clock, monitored and recorded by surveillance video.