JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - "These guys are putting a lot of innocent people at risk," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.
He was referring to suspects Sam Williams, 38, and Travis Davis, 37, who have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery spree.
"Armed robbery is a very dangerous type of crime. It's a presentation of a weapon as a surprise. You never know how people are going to act and you never know how the shooter is going to react," Normand said.
Detectives believe the two men first struck July 25 at the New Orleans Daiquiris on Jefferson Highway, where they allegedly robbed two female employees at gunpoint. Then in August, police believe both Williams and Davis struck three more times in Jefferson Parish. They're accused of robbing four employees at Sonic Restaurant on Airline, the Dollar General on the Westbank Expressway and the Dollar General in Bridge City.
Normand said each time, the suspects were seen wearing similar clothing and carrying a backpack to stash the stolen items.
"They did it in a very overt, careless way and put everybody at risk," Normand said.
The sheriff said his detectives began sharing information about the suspect's descriptions with other local agencies. When the Family Dollar in Chalmette was robbed on Sept. 13, St. Bernard Parish detectives learned the license plate number of an SUV believed to be the getaway vehicle driven by the suspects.
"So, we began to start connecting the dots and sharing information. We were able to get their identities, and thankfully we were able to get our hands around these guys," Normand said.
He said the investigation isn't over yet, and now the suspects are believe to be involved in additional armed robberies in New Orleans, St. Charles and St. John.
Both men were booked with 12 counts of armed robbery, and both have lengthy criminal histories.