On Thursday, January 29, 2015, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies booked Jonell Butler, 31, of Homewood Place in Reserve on an arrest warrant for armed robbery. Butler was booked in connection to an armed robbery reported October 7, 2014. He had been incarcerated in St. Charles Parish and was transferred to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Sherman Walker Correctional Center.

Deputies booked Jonell Butler with armed robbery. He remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond. 

October 8, 2014 Release
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 7:46 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence in the 2400 block of Amy Drive in LaPlace for the report of an armed robbery. The 23-year-old male victim told deputies that when he was dropping off friends at their residence in the 2500 block of North Sugar Ridge Drive, a man entered the front passenger seat of his car and demanded his money. The victim told the perpetrator that his money was at his house, and the perpetrator told the victim to drive. When the victim arrived at his house, the perpetrator pointed a gun at him and told him that if he ran the perpetrator would kill him. When the victim exited the car, the perpetrator fled the area in the victim’s car. No one was injured.

Further investigation of the incident revealed to investigators that the perpetrator was a black man wearing all black clothing. He fled the scene in the victim’s car described as a black 2014 Dodge Challenger with Louisiana license plate, YGB347. The driver said cash and his wallet that contained identification cards and bankcards were in the car. 911 operators notified neighboring agencies about the incident, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff Office deputies located and recovered the vehicle Tuesday night.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens with information about this incident that call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://stjohnsheriff.com/submitatip.php.