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Armed robbery suspects arrested in Crowley

Cedric Batiste, left, and Michael Loria, right, were arrested for armed robbery in Crowley.
Posted at 8:52 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 21:52:30-04

CROWLEY, La. — The Crowley Police Department have arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery in Crowley.

CPD state that they received a call for an armed robbery in progress on April 22 at a local convenience store in the 500 block of South Parkerson Avenue.

Investigators say that the suspect, later identified as Michael Loria, II, 25 of Church Point, went into the store brandishing a weapon and demanding money from the cash register. Loria then left the scene with an accomplice, later identified as Cedric Batiste, 32 of Rayne.

CPD state that they obtained video surveillance from a Crowley citizen that showed a green truck parked around the corner from the store that was later identified as the "get away" vehicle.

Investigators say that the two suspects were identified and apprehended approximately only 15-20 minutes after the armed robbery. In addition, they state, all the stolen money and the firearm used in the robbery were recovered in addition to narcotics in the vehicle.

CPD stat that the two suspects were taken to the Acadia Parish Jail where Loria was charged for armed robbery and Batiste was charged for accessory to armed robbery.

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