Second arrest made in apartment robbery near LSU

A second arrest has been made in a Jan. 22 robbery at an apartment near LSU that resulted in one of the robbery victims leaping from a fourth-story apartment, breaking his back and leg upon landing.

After the leap, the three robbers also attempted to rob five Good Samaritans who stepped outside during the commotion to see what was going on.

On Tuesday, Baton Rouge police arrested Jerimie Paul, 24, who is accused in the robbery at University Edge Apartments, 650 W. McKinley St., that another suspect, Hayward Howard, 27, said occurred because the people inside the apartment owed him weed money, an arrest warrant says.

Police identified Paul as another suspect after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip claiming he was involved in the robbery, the warrant says.

The tipster also gave police Paul’s address.

Paul, 8052 Bayou Fountain Ave., No. 2, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on three counts of armed robbery and five counts of attempted armed robbery, prison records show.

Police apprehended Howard, 5336 Marais St., New Orleans, as he tried to flee the area on the night of the robbery. He was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and theft of good, and remains there in lieu of a $100,000 bond, online prison records show.

According to the warrant, Paul, Howard, and an unidentified accomplice barged into the apartment at about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 22 carrying handguns.

That was when one of the victims inside the apartment made a mad dash to the window and leapt out, the warrant says.

The robbers also beat one of the other victims inside the apartment.

“Due to the noise of one victim’s puppy that was yelping loudly outside and noise in the parking lot after the victim fell 4 stories, people started exiting apartments to see if they could help anyone,” Detective Douglas W. Barron Jr. wrote in the warrant.

After robbing the people inside the apartment, Paul, Howard and the unidentified accomplice left the apartment and walked up to a group of five people who had gone outside to see what was happening, the warrant says.

That group was promptly told to hand over their cellphones and any other items they had on them, the warrant says. But they had nothing on them and the three robbers left.

Police recovered a handgun near the apartment, the warrant says.