Police: Armed robbery suspect arrested playing video poker

Richie Parnell, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office
Richie Parnell, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - He left the accessories used in an armed robbery in the front seat of his truck as he entered a casino to play video poker, police say.

A Houma man has confessed to an armed robbery after police found his vehicle in an open field.

Officers received reports of an armed robbery around 2 a.m. Friday at a store in the 2000 block of Grand Caillous Road in Houma. The clerk reported that they had been robbed by a masked gunman with a rifle.

Police say that the man fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was wearing a camouflage jacket.

An unoccupied truck was later spotted by patrolmen. Police say it was parked in a field behind the Royal Flush Casino. Upon further inspection, police say they found a rifle, mask and camouflage jacket lying on the truck's seat.

The vehicle was registered to 44-year-old Richie Parnell of east Houma.

Police say they then entered Royal Flush Casino. Parnell was found inside playing video poker. He was apprehended and transported to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office for questioning.

Officers say Parnell confessed to robbing the convenience store. Officers say the bulk of the money was recovered.

Parnell has been charged with one count of armed robbery. He was out on bond for multiple boat thefts and burglaries that occurred in Terrebonne parish earlier this summer.

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