On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at approximately 2:00 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriffs Office deputies arrested and booked a suspect on a fugitive warrant for Ponchatoula Police Department. The suspect was identified as Jobyes Devon Parker, 25, of Hammond. He was wanted by the Ponchatoula Police Department for armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. Parker was apprehended at a hotel on Highway US 51 in LaPlace. He was transferred to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Thursday.

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CAPTURED: Two suspects apprehended by Ponchatoula Police after armed robbery


Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson reports that on the morning of June 10, 2014 two Ponchatoula businesses fell victim to an armed robbery, and an attempted armed robbery, by a duo of unknown suspects.

By the following afternoon, June 11, both suspects were in Ponchatoula Police custody.

Through surveillance footage captured at the scene of the crime, Ponchatoula Detectives learned that the suspect vehicle was a maroon Lincoln Navigator. The suspects were identified as two black males in their early to mid-twenties. One black male was described as being approximately 6-feet in height, slim build, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with Camouflage sleeves and a hoodie, with Tan shoes. This suspect was the one in possession of the firearm.

The second black male was approximately 5’8″ in height, hair dreads, wearing light grey sweat pants, a black jacket with a white t-shirt with the words “NEW YORK” across the front, and a red, white and blue bandanna (possibly an “American Flag”)


At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, one of the Ponchatoula detectives noticed a vehicle at the Ponchatoula Post Office matching the description of the suspect vehicle.

After a brief interview, it was learned that the registered owner’s son-in-law, Jobyes Devon Parker, had borrowed the vehicle earlier that morning. Detectives were able to convince Parker to come to the police station to speak with them, and he arrived at the Ponchatoula Criminal Investigation Division building a short time later.

Around the same time, detectives learned that the second suspect was identified as Travion Montre Craig.

Detectives located Craig at his residence on Barringer Drive in Ponchatoula and took him into custody without incident.

Detectives were questioning Parker and Craig about the armed robberies, when Parker ran from detectives and out of the building. Ponchatoula Police,
along with the with assistance of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division, searched the area but were unable to locate Parker.

The last sighting of Parker was on Veteran’s Avenue in Hammond at 1 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, inside a silver PT Cruiser.

Chief Layrisson reports that just before noon today, detectives received information that Parker was in a hotel room in LaPlace, La.