Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two teenagers have been charged in connection with an armed robbery which occurred in the parking lot of a discount store located on LA Highway 1 in Raceland. A 15-year-old male juvenile faces several charges, including Armed Robbery, and 17-year-old Kaylum Thompkins of Raceland also faces charges stemming from the incident.
At around 9:45 p.m. on Monday, April 3, deputies received a call in reference to a robbery in Raceland. Investigators learned a woman had exited the store and entered her vehicle when two unknown male subjects approached her. One of the subjects motioned for the woman to roll down her window, and when she did, the subject sprayed her with pepper spray. A struggle ensued as the two male subjects pulled the woman out of the vehicle. They both entered the vehicle and drove away from the scene. Approximately four hours later, deputies located the vehicle which had been abandoned on Recreation Drive in Raceland.
Detectives developed Thompkins and the juvenile as suspects in the case after learning the juvenile and Thompkins were riding in the vehicle following the incident. Through investigation, detectives identified the juvenile as the subject who had allegedly used pepper spray in the incident. They also determined Thompkins was with the juvenile riding in the car later that night.
Deputies made contact with both suspects on Tuesday afternoon and brought them in for questioning. Following questioning, the 15-year-old male was charged with Armed Robbery and placed in the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility. Thompkins was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana and Indecent Exposure (Parish Ordinance) due to being found wearing saggy pants and having marijuana in his possession. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, and his bond is set at $10,350.
The investigation into this incident is continuing, and detectives believe additional charges could be forthcoming.