Lafayette police arrest man accused of resisting when questioned

Police who tried to question a suspect who fit the description of someone in a nearby robbery on South College Road arrested the man Thursday night after a struggle when he didn’t comply with police, Lafayette police said.

Police arrested Richard Skidmore, 58, of Lafayette, on one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer who tried to question Skidmore in a robbery minutes earlier of a nearby convenience store, Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a release.

Police later released Skidmore after finding no evidence to hold him for robbery, Mouton said.

A clerk at the convenience store told police that a man entered the store and approached the counter to purchase a bottle of water then grabbed money out of the register after the clerk opened it. Mouton said the robber fled on foot.

Investigating police found Skidmore, who fit the description of the robber, at a nearby apartment complex and tried to question him.

Mouton said the robbery remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS