A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in Baton Rouge, due to the suspicion he was involved in what reports are alleging was a plot against police officers.
As reported, there were eight handguns stolen from a pawnshop and while six of those have since been recovered, police have not disclosed if the remaining two guns have been discovered or not. As a result of the robbery, several arrests have been made, including a 17-year-old male, a 12-year-old male, a 20-year-old male and a 23-year-old male.
Police had reason to believe that the suspects arrested were involved in an alleged plot to target police officers, stating that each arrest, including that of the minor, was made based on “substantial, credible information” that was received.
According to the surveillance video at the pawnshop, suspects used a ladder to climb the building and access the store by entering through the roof.
“Their goal and objective was to get bullets,” Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said. “I think his statement was to get bullets to harm officers in the Baton Rouge area.”
D’Ajmad Winfield, 23, a friend of the minors named by police as a suspect, shared that his home was searched as a result of his relationship with the suspects. He was taken in for questioning but was released several hours later without charges.
“We didn’t have nothing to do with it at all,” Winfield said. “We ain’t never tried to murder no cops.”
The investigation of the pawnshop burglary comes in the wake of protests following the deadly police shooting of Alton Sterling.
“We took those threats to be credible, and we have made sure that our officers were as safe as can be,” the police chief added, mentioning that the department has been hit with several threats, but this was the first one credible enough to be investigated.
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