Tangi deputies search for suspect in Sept. 27 robbery

Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man accused in a September armed robbery of a Ponchatoula food store, the Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Nelson Pierre, 26, of Ponchatoula, is wanted in the robbery of Alicia’s Food Mart on La. 22 on Sept. 27, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

Pierre and Duane Bissell, 22, of Amite, are accused of entering the store while wearing gloves and masks and holding up the store’s cashier at gunpoint, Panepinto said.

One man pointed a gun at the cashier, while another man emptied the cash registers.

Ponchatoula police arrested Bissell last week on unrelated counts, Panepinto said.

Officers interviewed Bissell, at which time he confessed to committing the Alicia’s Food Mart robbery and said Pierre was his accomplice.

Bissell was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on a count of armed robbery, Panepinto said.

Pierre is described as a black man with short dreadlocks, 5 feet 4 inches and 180 pounds.

Deputies have issued a warrant for Pierre’s arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa at (800) 554-5245.