JPSO: Gunman's mask fell during hold-up, helping witness ID him

JPSO: Gunman's mask fell during hold-up, helping witness ID him

AVONDALE, LA (WVUE) - A tip led investigators to a 20-year old Avondale man, who they say was one of two men who held up a cashier at gunpoint.  Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand confirms the arrest of Jermaine Dillon for an armed robbery that occurred Saturday night at the Dollar General in Avondale.

According to deputies, Dillon and another unknown man walked into the store at 3880 Highway 90 in Avondale around 7 p.m. on December 10, 2016.   Both were reportedly armed with handguns and demanded money from one of the worker's behind the cash register.

Normand says once the robbers got the money, both fled from the business through the front doors.

Following the robbery, an unknown person gave a tip to the JPSO, identifying one of the suspects as Jermaine Dillon.   A witness was also to identify Dillon as one of the gunmen, according to detectives.  They say Dillon was wearing a cloth over his face to conceal his identity, but it fell down during the hold-up.

JPSO described the second suspect as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, about 5'06 to 5'08" inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds. He was wearing all black clothing and a white mask.

Dillon reportedly has denied any involvement in the crime.  In an addition to the armed robbery charge, he was also booked on an outstanding warrant. Investigators say they will continue to try to identify and arrest the second suspect in this armed robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the JPSO Robbery Section at 504-364-5376

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