Gunman accused of robbing same Subway twice

Gunman accused of robbing same Subway twice

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police say the hold-up man in a pair of Subway robberies did exactly the same thing in each robbery - ordered two cookies, then threatened the cashier with a gun once the register was open.

The NOPD says both hold-ups took place at the sandwich shop at 1601 Franklin Avenue.  The most recent happened Friday morning (Sept. 9th) shortly before noon.

Police have identified the suspect as 36-year-old James Bunch. Police say Bunch entered the Subway, ordered the cookies, then raised his shirt revealing a gun in his waistband and demanded money.  The cashier reportedly complied and the gunman fled.

Shortly afterward, Fifth District officers on patrol say they saw a man fitting the suspect's description in the 1600 block of Painters Street. Police say the suspect, who they've identified as Bunch ran into the Family Farm Market on North Claiborne Avenue. Officers went in after him and found him inside the store freezer.  He was arrested on charges of armed robbery.  .

Through further investigation, officers identified Bunch as the same man who robbed the Franklin Avenue Subway in January. The perpetrator in that incident walked into the restaurant, ordered two cookies, showed the cashier that he had a gun in his waistband and demanded money.

Officers brought Bunch to Central Lock-Up where he was booked accordingly,  According to Louisiana laws, Bunch could face a sentence of anywhere from 10 - 99 years at hard labor.

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