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Three suspects arrested in Arabi burglary

From left, Rashad Bakewell, Lawrence Conway and Cecil Martin (photos from SBSO) From left, Rashad Bakewell, Lawrence Conway and Cecil Martin (photos from SBSO)

FOX 8 received this news release from the St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Thursday evening:

A St. Bernard Parish sheriff's detective noticed a man suspiciously looking over a shoulder as he walked to get into a car with two others on Thursday, shortly after an Arabi burglary in which a woman had been knocked down in her home.

Det. Steve Imbraguglio stopped the three on St. Claude Avenue in Arabi to investigate and ending up solving the burglary and seizing 16 dosage units of heroin in the car as well as recovering a television they had just stolen, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

"That's good police work,'' the sheriff said, "when you solve a burglary and get heroin off the streets because the detective noticed something didn't seem right about the man he saw getting into a car, plus he realized two of the men fit descriptions the victim gave of the burglars.''

The woman victim was able to identify two of the suspects as the men who surprised her in her residence and threw her down while fleeing, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

Lawrence Conway, 32, who had been living in the 7900 block of Patricia Street near the victim, and Cecil Martin, 21, and Rashad Bakewell, both of New Orleans, were all booked with aggravated burglary and possession of heroin with intent to distribute after their arrests about 12:25 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff said.

All the suspects have previous criminal histories and Bakewell was arrested in New Orleans on a murder charge in January, which apparently was later dismissed. All were booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison.

The 21-year-old victim reported she heard someone knocking at her door but didn't answer because she didn't recognize who it was. She took a shower and when she walked out she saw men in the residence and one threw her down as they fled.

Imbraguglio was on the streets in Arabi after the aggravated burglary call came out when he saw one of the three men walking and looking over a shoulder as he was about to get into a car with the others, the sheriff said.

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