Three more suspects have been charged for the Sept. 29 robbery at Louisiana’s Cane Row Truck Stop & Casino, a local sheriff’s office revealed on Monday. Five additional suspects were arrested on Oct. 11 for the heist.
The most recent arrests include: Jose Luis Gordillo, 18, of Gulfport, Miss., Hector Omar Barahona, 20, of New Orleans, La., and Brayon Chinchilla Pacheco, 18, of Harvey, La., Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon said in a statement.
The earlier arrests include: Jonathan Lopez, 19, also of Harvey, La., Roller Avila, 19, of Donaldsonville, La., Norman D. Escalate, 18, of Terrytown, La., and an unnamed 17-year-old from Gretna, La.
Each was charged with armed robbery with a firearm. Also, a 16-year-old from Marrero, La., was charged with accessory after the fact to armed robbery with a firearm.
The alleged bandits stole an unspecified amount of money from the casino.
Most of the suspects remained in custody on Monday. The 16-year-old was released.
Pacheo is currently in custody in Kansas incarcerated on several unrelated charges. He will face a charge in Louisiana after the Kansas charges are addressed in courts in that state.
The gaming property is located in Assumption Parish on Highway 70. Assumption Parish is located some 79 miles west of New Orleans.
Deputies are investigating if any of the suspects are connected to other robberies, The Advocate, a Baton Rouge, La. newspaper, reported.
Two Casino Thefts in April
Also, in an April holdup, a sole bandit robbed Louisiana’s Lucky Dollar Casino on Easter Sunday. He stole an unspecified amount of cash from the Greensburg gaming property.
The suspect displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun during the heist. He then fled southeast toward Old Highway 10.
He has yet to be caught.
Greensburg is about 48 miles northeast of Baton Rouge.
That same month, one man and two women stole an unspecified amount of cash, a firearm, and a cellphone from Boomtown Casino Hotel. It is located in Bossier City, La.
The trio had checked into the casino at about 5:20 pm on April 4, KTAL, a local TV station, reported. A hotel employee mistakenly gave them a key to an occupied room.
Instead of informing the front desk about the error, they stole the cash, a keyless entry device for a Jaguar, sifted through luggage, and stole an iPhone 11.
The suspects then located the SUV in the casino lot. They used the remote key to enter the SUV and took more money and a handgun from the vehicle.
At about 9 pm that same night, they fled in a 2007 black Chevy Tahoe. They never bothered to check out of the casino hotel.
Charge After Body Discovered
Elsewhere in Louisiana, Alexis Noel Dauzat, 21, of Marksville, La., was charged with failure to seek assistance weeks after the discovery of a lifeless body on Oct. 3 at Paragon Casino Resort. It is located in Marksville.
The victim is Giah Barrere, 17. The cause of her death has yet to be released by authorities.
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