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Jennings man arrested after multiple incidents

Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 17:06:00-05

Jennings Police have arrested a local man and booked him on numerous charges after he allegedly went on a “rampage” this weekend.

The incidents began on Friday, when a man who was driving up to a bar was robbed in the parking lot, Chief Danny Semmes said. He told police that a slim man had robbed him of his money and wallet. Using surveillance cameras in the area, police identified the robber as Bobby Anthony, and obtained a warrant for his arrest on a charge of simple robbery, the chief said.

Police looked for him over the weekend, but couldn’t find him. Then, early Sunday, they received a phone call from a resident who said a man wearing a trenchcoat with a bandana over his face and carrying a rifle or shotgun broke into her home. When he saw there were people inside, he got scared and ran away, she said.

Police went to the home to investigate, and then started receiving calls in the area from homeowners reporting that a man was trying to break into their homes, or that their homes had been broken into, the chief said.

“All of this is basically happening at the same time,” Semmes said. “He basically went on a rampage.”

With the help of citizens calling in with reports and information, officers located the man and chased him down. When they arrested him, they learned he was Bobby Anthony, Semmes said.

“We can only assume, but we think this was drug induced,” Semmes said.

Luckily, although he scared a lot of people, no one was injured, Semmes said.

Bobby Anthony / Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Anthony was booked with Aggravated Burglary, Attempted Aggravated Burglary, Theft of a Firearm, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (2 counts), Simple Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, Attempted Unauthorized Entry, Criminal Trespassing, Theft, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and on the Warrant for Simple Robbery. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

As of Monday afternoon, no bond had been set for Anthony’s release.