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(7/19/2019, 1530 hrs) The Alexandria Police Department has made an arrest less than 24 hours following a robbery on a parking lot in the 2200 block of Memorial Drive. The victim reported a man with a gun demanded her purse in the early afternoon of July 18. Once she relinquished her purse, he fled the scene on foot and retrieved a bicycle that had been left behind the business. He rode away on the bike.
A description of the suspect was passed on to other officers and detectives were called to the scene. Shortly after this incident, an officer saw a subject matching the description at a house in the 2900 block of Wise Street. The officer attempted to make contact with the subject, but the subject fled the scene and was not located.
On July 19, detectives were able to identify Douglas Thomas, Jr. as a person of interest in the robbery. At around 11:30 a.m., detectives approached Thomas’s residence in the 3100 block of Martin Street in Alexandria. When they knocked, Thomas ran from the back of the house and a chase ensued. Several other officers arrived in the area and were able to take Thomas into custody. Thomas also had an active warrant for Armed Robbery for an unrelated incident in February 2018.
During a search of Thomas’s residence, detectives found evidence linking Thomas to the robbery that occurred the previous day on Memorial Drive, including a realistic-looking toy gun. Thomas was brought to APD headquarters for questioning, after which he was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center for booking. He was charged with First Degree Robbery for the July 18 incident, as well as the warrant for Armed Robbery.
“This is outstanding work by our officers in the Detective Division,” said Chief Jerrod King. “It’s a mark of their professionalism and rigorous pursuit of evidence that led to the identification and arrest of a suspect within 24 hours of the crime. I’m extremely proud to have such hard-working, thorough and earnest law enforcement professionals keeping Alexandria safe.”
Douglas Thomas, Jr. 7/28/1968
3142 Martin Street, Alexandria, LA