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Search continues for suspect in robbery, assault on boy in Walmart bathroom

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Security cameras at Walmart captured video of the man believed to have assaulted a 12-year-old boy in the men's bathroom at the Mansfield Rd. Walmart last Wednesday (Source: Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers/YouTube) Security cameras at Walmart captured video of the man believed to have assaulted a 12-year-old boy in the men's bathroom at the Mansfield Rd. Walmart last Wednesday (Source: Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers/YouTube)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Shreveport Police have released enhanced video of a suspect in the assault and robbery of a 12-year-old boy at a local Walmart earlier this month.

It happened on Wednesday, March 6. Police say a black male wearing a green hat, dark-colored hoodie, with a blue undershirt and green "Mt. Dew" pajama pants entered the Walmart at 9550 Mansfield Road and went into the men's restroom.

That's where the man allegedly approached the 12-year-old boy, hitting him in the left side of his face and knocking him out. Police say he then took the boy's cell phone and left the store, driving off in an older model white Toyota 4 runner.

Police say the boy suffered injuries to his left eye and mouth.

Video of the suspect leaving the Walmart was first posted by Caddo Shreveport Crime Stoppers on March 13. Sgt. Jim Taliaferro, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, says that video has been viewed more than 870 times and resulted in many tips. However, Sgt. Taliaferro says they're hoping for more.

"It has been our experience that with the high number of views of any crime related video within days of being posted on Youtube, it is usually attributed to those closest to them that are fueling the views in a shallow attempt at recognition. It's a numbers game, the more views the videos receive, the more likely the suspect gets arrested, because it only takes one to submit a tip. Often the pressure of being hunted is so great that hiding becomes almost impossible, and therefore the suspects turn themselves in."

If identified and arrested, the suspect faces a charge of second degree robbery.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the ID and arrest of this suspect.  Contact Crime Stoppers at 673-7373 or www.lockemup.org

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