WALKER -- Three Baton Rouge men were arrested for a late Wednesday attempted armed robbery, according to Capt. John Sharp, Walker Police Department spokesman.
Arrested were Nathaniel D. Huggins, 21; Cordell Corley, 22; and Joseph J. Hayes, 18; all of Baton Rouge.
The three men were booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center and each were charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm.
Corley and Hayes also were charged with criminal trespass.
Bond for Huggins was set at $200,085. Bond for Corley and Hayes was set at $200,500 each
“I am very proud of my officers for their perseverance in working through the night and into the morning hours to find these three suspects,” Walker Police Chief David Addison said.
“We are also very appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the deputies and K-9 team that rendered such tremendous assistance and support.
“Apprehending these suspects was a true team effort,” he said.
At about 11 p.m. Wednesday, three men “armed and wearing bandanas to conceal their faces, entered the parking lot of the Dollar General store in Walker as employees were preparing to leave after closing the store,” Sharp said.
“As one of the suspects ordered an employee to get down on the ground, two other employees, seeing the armed men, ran to the rear of the parking lot, got into a vehicle, and fled, fearing for their safety,” he said.
Seeing the two employees speed off and realizing that police would soon be on the way, the three men fled on foot, crossing Florida Boulevard and running in a westerly direction, Sharp said.
Walker police and nearby Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Dollar General within 2 to 3 minutes of receiving a 911 call from one of the store employees who had escaped.
As they scoured the area, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 team began an active track and located articles of clothing worn by the suspects.
“After working tirelessly for several hours, the LPSO K-9 team located one of the suspects,” Sharp said. “The other two suspects could not be located and shortly before daylight, the K-9 search was discontinued.”
Walker officers and sheriff’s deputies continued to search the area and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, they went to a residence near the Dollar General after the homeowner reported finding suspicious articles of clothing in his yard.
“As our officers and sheriff’s deputies were searching the area, the two suspects were seen climbing out of an external storage compartment of a large ‘fifth wheel’ camper,” Sharp said.
“The two suspects were promptly taken into custody without incident.”