Acadiana police and fire briefs for Dec. 11, 2013

Masked gunman holds up credit union

A masked gunman held up a credit union on West Willow Street just before lunch Tuesday, then fled north on foot into a wooded area, Lafayette police said.

The robbery occurred at around 11 a.m. at Section 705 Federal Credit Union when a robber took out a handgun and demanded money from a teller.

Cpl. Paul Mouton said there were no injuries in the incident.

Detectives located some of the man’s clothing in the wooded area and were searching that area Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the man wore light-colored trousers, a gray jacket and a yellow and black mask.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lafayette police or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.

Police arrest man, 23, in teen’s shooting

Police arrested a 23-year-old Lafayette man Monday in the attempted murder of a teenager after the victim was shot in the face last week.

Ben Daniel Narcisse Jr. is accused of shooting and wounding the 18-year-old as the victim drove up to a store in the 1800 block of North Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

The victim, who has not been identified, told police a dark-colored SUV drove up and parked near him and someone fired a shot from the vehicle that struck him.

Police initially released video images of three people wanted for questioning. Mouton said Tuesday that Narcisse is the only suspect in the shooting, which is under investigation.

Mouton said the victim is in stable condition at a hospital.

Suspect in robbery surrenders to police

A 19-year-old Lafayette man suspected in an armed robbery and battery last week surrendered to police Monday, police said.

Shaquille Batiste was wanted in the Thursday afternoon robbing and beating of a juvenile in the 1200 block of Moss Street, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

“The suspect allegedly produced a handgun and demanded money from the victim,” Mouton said. “The victim struggled with the suspect and … fled the area.”

The juvenile sustained minor injuries in the altercation.

Batiste surrendered on arrest warrants alleging armed robbery and simple battery in a case that remains under investigation, Mouton said.

Lafayette man, 59, hit by Amtrak train dies

A Lafayette man struck by a westbound Amtrak train Monday has died from his injuries, Lafayette police reported.

Mckensey J. Portalis, 59, was trying to cross the railroad tracks at North Loop Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday when he was hit, Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

Portalis, who was thrown 50 feet by the impact, was transported to a hospital in critical condition and later died. There were no injuries on the passenger train.

Witnesses told police that all the warning devices at the crossing were operating correctly, Mouton said. He said police are continuing their investigation of the incident.

Compiled by Acadiana bureau