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Botched robbery, shooting lands two suspects behind bars

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 12:01pm

Police detectives have charged a local man and woman in connection with an attempted armed robbery and subsequent shooting that occurred at a motel in west Shreveport this morning.

Just before 9:00 a.m. on July 3, 2011, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the Plantation Inn in the 4900 block of Greenwood Road relative to a shots fired call. Upon arrival, officers contacted 39 year old Christopher Bernard who reported to them he was approached by a male suspect in the parking lot there who produced a handgun and demanded money from him. Bernard explained to the bandit he didn't have any money but did have a car stereo system and as he opened his trunk to show the robber, he spotted an opportunity to flee and took off running. The would-be robber fired at least two shots at Bernard both of which struck the victim's vehicle. The victim was not injured and the suspect fled the scene of the crime on foot.

Responding officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as 33 year old Shermoin Ellis, near the motel parking lot and took him into custody without incident. Upon further investigation, officers discovered Ellis was in possession of approximately 29 grams of suspected crack cocaine. Ellis ultimately led authorities back to the motel room where he had been staying and there they seized the handgun they believe was used in the crime and took another suspect, identified as 39 year old Tina Grace, into custody. Ellis, of the 1300 block of Madison Avenue in Shreveport, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count each of attempted armed robbery, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a Schedule II narcotic, and aggravated criminal damage to property. Grace, of the 2500 block of Ridge Lake Drive in Shreveport, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of resisting an officer.

From Shreveport Police Department
 

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