Four arrested in connection to Ferriday armed robbery

Published 12:12 am Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FERRIDAY Four men are behind bars after they allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint after the man cashed a $50 winning lottery ticket in Ferriday last week.

Ferriday Police Chief Derrick Freeman said the four men followed the victim from Aden’s Grocery on E.E. Wallace Boulevard to Fudickar Street at approximately 9:53 p.m. Friday after seeing him walk out of the store with $50 he had won through a lottery ticket.

“The suspects had seen him leaving the gas station with his money, followed him to Fudickar Street and made another loop around before they found the victim sitting on the back of his car,” Freeman said. “One of the suspects got out of the car, pointed a gun to his face and said, ‘give me the money.’”

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During the exchange of the money, Freeman said the victim managed to grab the 9 mm pistol away from the only armed suspect.

“The suspects took off in the car, and the victim fired several shots at the car as it was driving away,” Freeman said. “One of the suspects in the car got hit.”

Freeman said officers responded to a call of shots fired at Fudickar Street where they began to detail witness accounts of the incident. Shortly after, the police department received a call from Riverland Medical Center regarding a patient with a gunshot wound to the lower back.

Ferriday police made three arrests in the case Friday, including Johnson Kavon, 21, 3245 Lagrange Drive, Nashville; Vondell Hawkins, 26, 807 2nd St.; and Jammal Ellis, 22, 505 Gillespie St., Vidalia.

Freeman said investigators continued searching for the fourth suspect who was in the car during the robbery and eventually arrested Robert Jenkins, 23, in Vidalia Monday.

All four were charged with armed robbery.

All four suspects remained in the Concordia Parish Jail Monday evening.

Kavon, Hawkins and Ellis had$50,000 bonds each, while no bond had been set for Jenkins.