Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Everyday Tow Hero In LA

Kudos to the unnamed driver from Roadrunner Wrecker Service! Here's the story:

A 21-year-old man is accused of going on a 20-minute robbery spree late Monday night while brandishing a handsaw, authorities said.

The crime spree started at 11:39 p.m., when Travion Deshawn Dickerson, driving a stolen car, allegedly began flashing the lights of the car at a man driving a red Lexus, police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said.

The Lexus driver pulled into the parking lot of the Exxon on the Run station, 4503 Perkins Road.

Dickerson, holding the saw, took the man’s cash and keys before driving off in the Lexus, Kelly said.

Dickerson, still armed with the saw, robbed clerks at the Exxon on the Run, 5857 Essen Lane; RaceTrac, 4665 Essen Lane; and B-Quick, 4105 Perkins Road, Kelly and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

After the B-Quick was robbed, the clerks were able to alert a wrecker driver from Roadrunner Wrecker Service who was pulling out of the parking lot, Kelly said.

The wrecker driver followed Dickerson to the Circle K, 3375 Perkins Road, Kelly said.

There, police caught Dickerson trying to rob the store, Kelly said.

Cpl. Mickey Duncan, who was out on DWI patrol, took Dickerson into custody.

Dickerson, 2720 Edgewood Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on four counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery, booking documents show.

His bond was set at $100,000.

Kelly said Dickerson may later be booked on an additional count of armed robbery for a robbery that occurred on Highland Road around 9:30 p.m., in which a man with a saw robbed a woman of her car.

Dickerson has two previous drug-related arrests, but the charges in one of the cases were dismissed.

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