Shreveport police say a total of five suspects have now been arrested in connection with well over a dozen armed robberies occurring over the past several months, dating back as early as June 1, of this year.
The arrests came on the heels of a month-long joint investigation involving members of the Shreveport Police Department's Tactical Robbery Unit, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Authorities were conducting surveillance of suspected robbery "hot spots" on November 14 when their efforts hit pay dirt as three suspects were spotted fleeing the scene of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Outback Steakhouse in the 8800 block of Line Ave.
Following a brief vehicle pursuit, the three suspects were apprehended and taken into custody at East 75th Street at Southern Avenue without incident. Police recovered two firearms and cash stolen during the robbery.
Police at that time, arrested 19-year-old Myles Robinson, 22-year-old Tremario Washington, and 21-year-old Halston Smith, all Shreveport residents.
During the course of the investigation, robbery investigators, being armed with overwhelming evidence were able to connect two additional suspects to the trio of bandits and their protracted spree of armed robberies.
Search warrants on the homes and property of the arrested suspects were conducted during which time, two additional firearms were seized, including a shotgun that was recovered from the bottom of a pond.
The shotgun is believed to have been used in a number of the armed robberies.
On Friday, November 15, warrants were procured for the arrest of the two remaining fugitives, 19-year-old Myles Smith and 21-year-old James Tyson both of Shreveport.
Both Myles Smith and James Tyson surrendered to authorities after learning that warrants had been secured for their arrests. Myles Smith was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on the warrant for armed robbery.
James Tyson was subsequently arrested by authorities in Cass County, Texas following his surrender his to authorities there. He awaits extradition back to Shreveport to face multiple armed robbery charges.
Altogether. the five suspects are believed responsible for at least 23 armed robberies, with 12 occurring here locally. Listed below are some of those armed robberies that have been officially linked to the suspects.
Circle K 3301 Bert Kouns on June 1
Johnny's Catfish 5130 Bert Kouns on September 26
Pizza Hut 2525 Southside Drive. on September 29
Breaktime Bar 6200 Bert Kouns on October 10
Waffle House 6125 Financial Plaza on October 11
Applebee's 9088 Mansfield Road on October 14
Daquiri Express 6723 Pines Road. on October 22
Southfield Grill 315 Southfield Road on November 6
Break And Run Bar 9447 Mansfield Road on November 9
Superior Bar and Grill 6123 Line Ave. on November 11.