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Police: 5 arrested responsible for at least 23 armed robberies

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James Tyson, 21 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) James Tyson, 21 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Myles Robinson, 19 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Myles Robinson, 19 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Tremario Washington, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Tremario Washington, 22 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Halston Smith, 21 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Halston Smith, 21 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Myles Smith, 19 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Myles Smith, 19 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

On Tuesday the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office announced that 19-year-old Myles Robinson was involved in the attempted armed robbery at the Channel Marker Lounge in Oil City. On November 2, investigators say three mean wearing masks held up the bar at gun point, but ran off when their shotgun jammed after firing off one shot in the ceiling.

A charge of attempted armed robbery has been added to the string of robbery charges Robinson already faces.

Morris Cotton, owner of Channel Marker Lounge says he is glad no one was hurt in the attempted armed robbery but that he does not look forward to the repairs he will have to make on his roof.

"I got a hole in my ceiling and now I got to get up there and fix it. I'm not too happy about that," said Cotton.

Shreveport Police say a total of five suspects have now been arrested in connection with well over a dozen armed robberies occurring over the past several months, dating back as early as June 1, of this year.

The arrests came on the heels of a month long joint investigation involving members of the Shreveport Police Department's Tactical Robbery Unit, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

Authorities were conducting surveillance of suspected robbery "hot spots" on November 14, 2012,  when their efforts hit pay dirt as three suspects were spotted fleeing the scene of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Outback Steakhouse in the 8800 block of Line Ave.  Following a brief vehicle pursuit, the three suspects were apprehended and taken into custody at East 75th Street at Southern Avenue without incident.  Police recovered two firearms and cash stolen during the robbery.
 
Police arrested 19-year-old Myles Robinson, 22-year-old Tremario Washington, and 21-year-old Halston Smith, all Shreveport residents.  During the course of the investigation, robbery investigators were able to connect two additional suspects to the trio of bandits and their protracted spree of armed robberies.  Search warrants on the homes and property of the arrested suspects were conducted during which time, two additional firearms were seized, including a shotgun that was recovered from the bottom of a pond.  The shotgun is believed to have been used in a number of the armed robberies.   
 
On Friday November 15, 2012, warrants were procured for the arrest of the two remaining fugitives, 19-year-old Myles Smith and 21-year-old James Tyson both of Shreveport.  Both Myles Smith and James Tyson surrendered to authorities after learning that warrants had been secured for their arrests. 

Myles Smith was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on the warrant for armed robbery.  James Tyson was subsequently arrested by authorities in Cass County, Texas following his surrender his to authorities there.  He awaits extradition back to Shreveport to face multiple armed robbery charges.  Altogether the five suspects are believed responsible for at least 23 armed robberies, with 12 occurring here locally.  Listed below are some of those armed robberies in Shreveport that have been officially linked to the suspects.   

Circle K   3301 Bert Kouns on    6-1-12
Circle K 2201 Bert Kouns on 8-29-12
Johnny's Catfish 5130 Bert Kouns on    9-26-12
Pizza Hut  2525 Southside Drive. on   9-29-12
Breaktime Bar   6200 Bert Kouns on 10-10-12     
Waffle House  6125 Financial Plaza on   10-11-12  
Applebee's  9088 Mansfield Road. on  10-14-12
Daquiri Express  6723 Pines Road. on 10-22-12
Southfield Grill  315 Southfield Road. on  11-6-12
Break And Run Bar  9447 Mansfield Road.  on 11-9-12   
Superior Bar and Grill  6123 Line Ave. on 11-11-12
Outback Steakhouse 8800 block of Line Ave. 11-14-12

Outside of Shreveport, Bossier City Police say the 5 men are also responsible for the armed robberies of What's on Tap in the 2300 block of Airline Drive on September 21 and the Applebee's Restaurant in the 2100 block of Airline Drive on November 6. Additionally, they say Myles Smith and James Tyson held up an employee at the Trejos Restaurant in the same block on Airline on October 23.

Myles Robinson is also charged with attempted armed robbery in Caddo Parish in connection with a foiled robbery that occurred on November 2 at the Channel Marker Lounge in Oil City.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office says three men wearing masks went into the Channel Marker armed with firearms. Robinson allegedly told everyone to get down, and according to investigators, they laughed. Robinson "racked" a shell into the chamber of his shotgun and told them again to get on the floor. When several of the people in the bar moved toward the robbers, Robinson fired one time into the ceiling. The two other suspects fled the building, and Robinson followed.

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is looking into whether the robbery of a Haughton Circle K November 11 could be connected.

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