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August 22 10:42 AM

Man found with bicycle stolen from local veteran

A Shreveport man is behind bars after he was found to be in possession of property stolen during the robbery of a local veteran last month.

Back on July 29, Shreveport police patrol officers were dispatched to East Stoner Avenue at Youree Drive in reference to reports of a simple robbery.

When officers arrived at the scene, they made contact with the victim, 55-year-old Joe Johnson, who told them he was riding his custom bicycle near Stoner Avenue at Youree Drive when a group of four males began yelling at him, saying, “Hey, old man.”

Johnson said he continued to ride his bike away from the group of hecklers in efforts to avoid their taunting. As he rode off, Johnson said, the group of males followed him, struck him several times and knocked him from the bicycle.

Following the ordeal, one of the suspects fled the scene riding Johnson’s bicycle, while the other three people fled on foot in varying directions.

Johnson was not seriously injured during the ordeal; however, the custom Iron Horse bicycle, valued at nearly $700, was gone.

Shreveport  police robbery detectives were informed of the matter and launched a subsequent investigation.

Authorities were given a description of the bicycle, which possessed a host of distinct identifying characteristics.

On Tuesday, an off-duty Shreveport police officer working a security detail spotted the very noticeable bicycle being ridden near the 500 block of East Stoner Avenue.

The officer detained the man riding the bike, identifying him as 27-year-old Sanantonio L. Winbush of the 1200 block of Crofton Street in Shreveport.

Winbush, along with the bicycle, was transported to police headquarters.

Authorities conducted interviews with Winbush, after which he was found to be illegally possessing the bicycle.

Winbush was subsequently transported to the Shreveport City Jail, where he was booked on a single count of illegal possession of stolen things.

As the investigation continues, additional charges could be forthcoming.

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