BR man arrested in Wendy’s, Family Dollar robberies

Baton Rouge police arrested a 34-year-old man Wednesday accused in a string of armed robberies in July at two Baton Rouge Wendy’s restaurants and a Family Dollar store.

Police booked Brian Porter, 2615 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, illegal possession of stolen things and illegal possession of a stolen firearm, prison records show.

In affidavits of probable cause, police said Porter carried the same weapon into each robbery or attempted robbery: a sawed-off shotgun with silver duct tape on its handle.

Around 7 p.m. July 13, Porter waited for several customers to exit the Family Dollar store, 6832 Florida Blvd., before approaching the checkout register and demanding money.

Porter allegedly fled the store carrying the cash register’s till and the shotgun, police said.

On July 14, Porter and an unidentified accomplice walked into the Wendy’s, 7112 Florida Blvd., and told customers to lie on the ground. After Porter and the other man gathered money from the cash registers, they demanded the store’s safe be opened, police said.

Porter allegedly fled with the money, two stolen cellphones and the sawed-off shotgun, according to the affidavits.

Around 8:30 p.m. July 29, Porter went back to the same Wendy’s with two other men and got away with more than $600 and at least one cellphone, police said.

Porter also is accused of attempting to rob a Wendy’s restaurant, 6035 Plank Road, with another man on July 22.

In that instance, police said an employee behind the counter shouted, “Call the police,” when two men entered the store, prompting them to flee.

Witnesses said one of the men was carrying a sawed-off shotgun wrapped with silver duct tape.

Detectives are still looking into whether Porter was involved in any other armed robberies, said Cpl. Don A. Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.