Antonio Lofton, 42, was booked with Armed Robbery. The incident took place at approximately 12:40 pm in the 700 block of Octavia Street.
As the victim was walking towards her vehicle in the 700 block of Octavia Street, she was approached from behind be a man who pressed a hard object into her back and stated " don't do anything" or " don't scream". The victim screamed at which time the subject grabbed her purse and fled.
A witness observed the incident and chased the suspect. As the man was chasing the suspect, he flagged down Officer Nicole Dailet and explained the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Officer Dailet requested K-9 and additional units and sent up a perimeter.
As the Officers were looking for the suspect, Detective Guy Swalm observed the subject between two houses at which time the suspect began to flee on foot. The suspect was apprehended underneath a house in the 5200 block of Laurel Street.
The subject was taken into custody and identified as Antonio Lofton, 42 and booked with Armed Robbery.
Lofton is on parole for armed robbery until July 2020 and was previously arrested for Armed Robbery, Simple Robbery, Forgery, Warrants and Traffic.
Arrested Subject Antonio Lofton
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Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
Officer Garry Flot