Baton Rouge man accused of armed robbery of Baker restaurant

A discarded jacket and DNA found on that jacket link a Baton Rouge man to the March 9 armed robbery of the Popeyes Chicken restaurant on Main Street, Police Chief Mike Knaps said Wednesday.

Baker detectives booked Laurance Kevin Scott Wilson, 19, 1755 College Drive, Apt. 121, at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery Tuesday night, Knaps said.

Knaps said two men took $246 at gunpoint from the restaurant on March 9 and fled in a dark-colored sedan. The man holding the gun was wearing a jacket and did not cover his face, employees said.

On March 11, a detective found a jacket discarded about a quarter-mile from the restaurant and the State Police Crime Lab notified Baker police on March 27 that DNA retrieved from the jacket matched that of Wilson, Knaps said.

Employees identified the jacket as that worn by the robber and identified Wilson from a photo lineup, the police chief said.

Wilson denied being in Baker when the robbery occurred and denied owning the jacket, Knaps said.