Sheriff’s office arrests two in Dutchtown bank robbery

A man accused of using a motorcycle helmet during a bank robbery in Dutchtown Wednesday afternoon along with two of his accomplices are in custody as of early Friday evening, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Bryan Golden, 30, 39293 Cornerview Road, Gonzales, identified as the man wearing the helmet, turned himself in Friday night and was booked on counts of armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm, according to Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. He is being held at the Ascension Parish jail and is awaiting bail.

The robber, identified by police as Golden, could be seen in bank surveillance video pointing a handgun and wearing a motorcycle helmet during the robbery at Red River Bank about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies said he made off from the bank at La. 73 and La. 74 in Dutchtown in a four-door Nissan with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Deputies would not say Friday if any of the money has been recovered or say how much was stolen.

But Bacala said two Geismar men who helped Golden escape after the robbery were arrested on Thursday.

Cedric Emerson, 31, 6345 La. 73, Geismar, and Travis West, 32, 35695 River Oaks Road, Geismar, picked up Golden from Rivers Oaks Road, which is about 2 miles south of the bank and off La. 73.

Golden had abandoned the Nissan he used to flee the bank on nearby Coco Road, Bacala said. River Oaks is a parallel to but separated from Coco Road by a patch of woods.

Tracking dogs from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center followed a trail from the abandoned car through the woods to River Oaks, Bacala said.

The getaway car had been stolen a few days before the robbery when the owner left the Nissan running in the driveway to warm up, Bacala said.

Emerson was booked into Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on Thursday on counts of resisting an officer, armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm and on outstanding bench warrants, Bacala said.

West was booked on a count of being an accessory after the fact to armed robbery, Bacala said.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation, as it does on all bank robberies, and federal charges may also be pending for Golden, Emerson and West, said Mary Beth Romig, spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans Division. The division includes Ascension and the rest of the Baton Rouge area.

West and Emerson remained in jail Friday afternoon, awaiting the setting of bail, Bacala said.