SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A man is in custody, accused of robbing a fast-food restaurant in Shreveport.
And police say community involvement is the reason they were able to make an arrest so quickly.
A male armed with a handgun stole money from a cash register at a McDonald's at Mansfield Road at West 70th Street then ran away about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"Someone actually saw what took place and was able to keep an eye on the suspect, which led police directly to where he was located," police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.
The gunman fled across a parking lot, jumped into a Dumpster behind an auto parts store then attempted to flee when police closed in.
Booking records show 34-year-old Deandre D. Myles, of Shreveport, was arrested at 5:33 p.m. and booked into Shreveport City Jail at 7:45 p.m. on a charge of armed robbery with a firearm.
"This is a prime example of what is intended to happen when people see things and report things," Hines said.
The same type of collaboration between citizens and police led to two other unrelated arrests in short order just before and after the restaurant holdup, he said.
"If everyone does what is intended, it works really well and it helps prevent a lot of these things that we are seeing," Hines said.