Police tie 2 Papa John’s suspects to 3 other robberies

Two of the men arrested in the Sunday robbery of the Papa John’s restaurant on Lee Drive admitted to police during questioning that they also committed three unsolved armed robberies in the past week.

Demarcus Mathews, 19, 38250 Kara Court, Gonzales; and Terrance Venson, 20, 10530 Florida Blvd. No. 460, Baton Rouge, were arrested with Jeremy Ford, 23, 347 S. 17th St., Baton Rouge, after they led police on a short chase following the robbery of the pizza restaurant near LSU on Sunday.

Mathews and Venson were asked about recent unsolved robberies and admitted to the robberies that occurred at the Sugarbelle bakery and Real Deal clothing on Feb. 12 and the Metro PCS store on Feb. 13, according to affidavits of probable cause.

Mathews and Venson were rebooked into Parish Prison on additional counts of armed robbery, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

In the Sugarbelle robbery, Mathews walked to the counter like he was going to buy a praline, then pulled out a silver handgun and demanded the money in the drawer and underneath it once the employee opened the register, the affidavit says. He fled on foot toward Hollywood Street.

Later that day, he walked into the Real Deal about 7:20 p.m. and walked up to the counter with three pairs of children’s pants like he was going to buy them, the affidavits say. Once the employee opened the cash register, he pulled out a gun, took money from the register and fled in a dark SUV.

In the robbery of the Metro PCS store, Venson and Mathews walked into the store and talked to the employee about buying a phone, the affidavits say. When the employee opened the cash register, they both pulled out handguns, snatched cash from the register and stole cellphones on display.

In all three robberies, the assailants also stole the victims’ cellphones, the affidavits say.