Pair of alleged armed robbers captured
A pair of alleged armed robbers face multiple felony charges following their arrest Wednesday morning in north Shreveport.
Just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Shreveport police officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of North Market Street in reference to an armed robbery at the Shoe Show footwear store.
When officers arrived, store employees said that two men armed with handguns entered the business with partial coverings over their faces.
The men reportedly ordered the clerk to hand over cash from the register before fleeing the business on foot.
Descriptions of the suspects were given to authorities, who immediately saturated the surrounding area in search of the bandits. The assistance of Jasko, a trained police K-9, and his handler, Cpl. Jeff Hammer, were requested to aid in the apprehension.
Following a search of the area, K-9 Jasko helped lead police to a home in the 1700 block of Pointe Coupee Drive.
When they arrived at the residence, police made contact with the owner, who granted officers access to the home.
Once inside, authorities located two men who very similarly matched the description of the pair of suspects described by witnesses to the robbery.
Additionally, police discovered clothing items described as worn by one of the suspects discarded inside a trash bin located directly behind the home.
Two guns of similar description to those used in the robbery along with separate bundles of cash were found stashed inside a couch inside the residence.
Police detained both men, identified as 19-year-old Frederick McKinley and 19-year-old Cardarius O’Neal. Both suspects were later transported to police headquarters, where they were interviewed by detectives.
During follow-up interviews with the duo, authorities were able to gather additional evidence linking both suspects to at least three other recent armed robberies, all occurring in close proximity to the others.
McKinley and O’Neal now face four counts of armed robbery. They were both booked into the Shreveport City Jail.