Mary Adler, 27 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Gary Coleman, 37 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Officers have converged on the Royal Inn on N. Market, where they believe 2 suspects in at least 2 holdups Wednesday morning may be holed up.
Police found a man at an apartment on Olive Street who said that he had been shot while he was robbed by a man and woman.
Around 7 a.m., officers responded a report of a shooting at the intersection of Gilbert Drive and Olive Street in the Highland neighborhood.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Two suspects arrested Wednesday in connection with a pair of armed robberies, a shooting and a kidnapping in Shreveport have been identified.
27-year-old Mary Adler and 37-year-old Gary Coleman were taken into custody late Wednesday morning at the Royal Inn on North Market Street late Wednesday morning, ending a crime spree that police say began with an armed robbery at a West Shreveport hotel.
Officers were called to the Days Inn in the 4900 block of W. Monkhouse Dr. around 5:30 a.m., where they found the victim, a registered guest at the hotel, who had reportedly been followed from the parking lot and into his hotel room where he was robbed at gunpoint by female and a male accomplice. They reportedly fled the crime scene in a cab.
While police were investigating that crime, they learned of a second robbery in the 400 block of Olive Street. There, a male victim was allegedly robbed and kidnapped, while a second man was shot. In that incident, a black male and a white female reportedly entered the apartment through an opened window and robbed the victim at gunpoint. Police say the duo forced the victim into his apartment and made him knock on the door of his unsuspecting neighbor. There was a struggle after the suspects forced their way into 28-year-old Margarito Soberane's apartment, during which Soberane was shot in the upper body. The suspects fled on foot. Soberane was taken to University Health in Shreveport with injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.
From that incident, police say they were able to get a physical description of Adler and Coleman. The information investigators gathered ultimately led them to the Royal Inn Motel in the 1900 block of North Market Street, where Adler and Coleman were believed to be hiding out in a room.
Officers, detectives and members of the Shreveport Police Department's Special Response Team converged on the hotel in the 1900 block of N. Market. "It actually looked like the movie SWAT, there were police officers everywhere. They actually came in here and this was one of their stations that they actually talking to the people on the phone," says Dennis Everett Junior, who works at the motel.
Nearly three hours later, Adler and Coleman were taken into custody from a second floor motel room, where police say they also found a weapon believed to have been used in the crimes. They were taken in for questioning and booked into the Shreveport City Jail. Both are charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and second degree kidnapping.
The N. Market St. campus of Louisiana Technical College was placed on lockdown as a precaution. That lockdown was lifted shortly after the suspects were taken into custody.