KATC Investigates

Jul 22, 2014 5:13 PM by Letitia Walker, Kari Beal

New details on how investigators say they connected Haywood to the bomb threat

According to the federal complaint obtained by our Investigative Team, investigators used KATC phone records to initially connect Haywood to the bomb threat. They were able to determine the numbers that were called from the phone and discovered it was purchased from a Lafayette Walmart on July 15, 2014. Police then used Walmart records, including video surveillance, which allegedly show a black male buying the phone at 12:00 p.m. and driving away in a dark-colored Lexus sedan.

In addition, the documents say surveillance from MidSouth Bank shows the attempted robbery suspect at the bank at 5:40 a.m., just ten minutes after the bomb threat was called in. Investigators say the male suspect is seen hiding behind an air conditioning unit wearing a hooded jacket and a mask. According to bank protocol, employees must do a visual check around the building before entering, among other security procedures. When the suspect was spotted, one employee drove off, and the other employee ran back to her car and also drove off. The suspect allegedly chased that vehicle on foot.

"It was an attempt at what's called an early bird robbery where managers or employees are going into work are taken outside the facility. The perpetrator does a robbery and robs the bank before the bank is open for business," Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said.

Officials also say surveillance from a nearby school showed the suspect running through their campus and discarding a draw-string gym bag onto the roof of the school. Officers allegedly found zip-ties and a glove inside the bag, which investigators say, had DNA from Devin Haywood.

Finally, according to the complaint arguing probable cause for the arrest, the person in the Walmart video matched Haywood's description and a dark-colored Lexus sedan is also registered in Haywood's name.

"Additional charges are likely and the investigation is continuing at this point. More arrest may take place," FBI agent Donald Bostic said.

KATC investigated the criminal background on Devin Haywood and found out this wasn't his first crime involving a bank robbery. In 2005 Haywood was charged with aggregated battery and armed robbery in Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Parish Clerk of court told us he pled guilty in 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Jefferson Parish jail officials said he was released early for good behavior on May 20, 2013. His early release included probation until 2015.

The Acadiana Advocate broke the news of the complaint filed in federal court just before 4:00 this afternoon.

The university canceled classes last week for about 5,500 students while more than 200 law enforcement officers and investigators from several agencies searched the park and campus. UL officials say Haywood is not a past or current student at UL and has no connection with the university.

According the FBI, Haywood was been charged with one count of placement of a hoax device and one count of attempted robbery.

Haywood is currently being held at the St. Martin Parish jail since he is a federal inmate.





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