BR man wanted in string of summer armed robberies arrested

Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis

A Baton Rouge man accused of committing a string of armed robberies targeting businesses and small restaurants during the summer and stealing nearly $12,000 has been arrested.

Police booked Thomas I. Davis, 26, 1118 N. Ardenwood Drive, into Parish Prison on Monday on 11 counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery involving 11 businesses and attempted robbery of another, prison records show.

Baton Rouge police refused to comment on the case.

Davis allegedly robbed four Family Dollar, two Dollar General and one Advanced Auto Parts store as well as two Wendy’s, one Subway and one Little Caesars restaurant between July 13 and Sept. 18, an affidavit of probable cause says.

He and another man also tried to rob the Wendy’s, 6035 Plank Road, on July 22, but fled the area before entering the restaurant after employees saw them trying to enter the building, the affidavit says.

Police zeroed in on Davis in as a possible suspect when they found video footage of a white Honda Accord leaving the Advanced Auto Parts store, 2346 Plank Road, after it was robbed, the affidavit says.

The vehicle was registered to the mother of another suspect and detectives saw that suspect visited Davis frequently, the affidavit says.

When questioned by detectives, Davis admitted to his part in the robberies and even pointed to himself in the surveillance camera footage from the July 13 robbery of the Dollar General, 6823 Florida Blvd., the affidavit says.

In each of the robberies — besides the first one in which Davis allegedly robbed the Family Dollar 6823 Florida Blvd., on July 13 by himself — two or more men armed with a combination of handguns and/or a sawed-off shotgun stormed the businesses and demanded money from employees, the affidavit says.

Police obtained a search warrant for his residence and found latex gloves and firearms that were used in the robberies, the affidavit says.

The affidavit does not say which weapons were found at Davis’ residence.

Police have arrested other men implicated in some of the robberies, the affidavit says.

Police arrested, Tyquoan Carter, 17, 6875 Harry Drive, Apt. 72, on Saturday and booked him into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery stemming from the robbery of a Dollar General on 1931 Plank Road on Sept. 16.

He also was booked on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon from an unrelated incident.

On Monday, police arrested another accomplice, Thomas Arnold, 43, 1118 N. Ardenwood Drive, and booked him into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery in the Sept. 3 robbery of a Family Dollar on 1542 N. Foster Drive, a separate affidavit warrant shows.

Davis admitted to both robberies, the affidavit for his arrest says.

Arnold did not conceal his face from the surveillance cameras in the store, the warrant says. Carter and Arnold also are suspects in other robberies with Davis.