Eunice Police link two men to armed robberies
By: HARLAN KIRGAN
Eunice Police reported the arrest of a Houston, Texas, man in connection with the armed robbery of a Eunice loan company and bank.
The two are also suspects to an armed robbery of a Ville Platte pharmacy, Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said in a news release Friday.
Larryl Fisher, 31, of Houston, was booked into the Eunice City Jail on Thursday on an arrest warrant for charges armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault, Fontenot said.
The charges involve the March 7 armed robbery of Advance America in the Plaza Acadienne Shopping Center on West Laurel Avenue in Eunice, he said.
Police are seeking additional warrants for Fisher and Algernon Wilson, of Crowley, for the Feb. 22 armed robbery of Basile State Bank in Eunice, he said.
Warrants are also being sought for Wilson charging him with being a principle to the armed robbery of Advance America, Fontenot said.
About two hours after the March 7 Advance America robbery, Eunice Police learned that Ville Platte Police were investigating an armed robbery of a pharmacy the same afternoon, which led to a vehicle pursuit. The conclusion of the pursuit resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s driver, Wilson, by Ville Platte Police, Fontenot said.
A passenger in the vehicle fled on foot following the pursuit and was not apprehended.
Eunice Police detectives went to Ville Platte to assist with the investigation and follow upon the Eunice robbery, Fontenot said. Police linked the two suspects to the Advance America armed robbery, he said.
A warrant for the arrest of Wilson, who was now in custody of Ville Platte officials, was obtained by Eunice Police charging him with accessory after the fact to armed robbery. Wilson is in custody in Evangeline Parish.
Fisher was identified as the passenger of the vehicle who eluded police in Ville Platte. With the assistance of the FBI, Fisher was located and arrested in Houston, Texas on April 13. He waived extradition and was transported by Eunice Police to the Eunice City Jail on Thursday.
Fisher appeared before a district judge Friday and his bond was set at $251,000, Fontenot said.
A cooperative investigation with Eunice, Crowley and Rayne police departments and the FBI continued following Fisher’s arrest which led to information identifying Fisher and Wilson as suspects in the robbery of Basile State Bank in Eunice, Fontenot said.