Arrest made in 3 year old robbery case

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 3:19pm

Ascension Parish Chief Criminal Deputy Tony Bacala reports an arrest has been made on a 3 year old robbery case.

On June 16, 2009, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Oak Harbor Road only to discover that a Hispanic female and her two children were robbed at gunpoint.

The female victim advised she sold jewelry out of her home as a source of income. A female that identified herself as “Jasmine” called the victim wanting to meet with her in order to view the jewelry as she was interested in purchasing some.

At midday on June 16 the victim, along with her 4 and 7 year old children, drove to a location on Highway 42 where she met “Jasmine”. “Jasmine” then had the victim follow her to a home on Oak Harbor Road off of Highway 42. Once at the home “Jasmine” led the victim up the steps of the home while her children played in the yard. It was then that a Hispanic male, armed with a handgun, pulled her into the home. A 2nd unidentified Hispanic male then brought her two children into the home.

The victim and her two children were placed in a room and instructed to wait for a period of time before coming out or they would be killed. Meanwhile, “Jasmine” and the 2 Hispanic males fled the scene with the victim’s cell phone and $20,000 worth of jewelry. The victim followed the robber’s instructions and waited, then fled the home with her two children and drove to a friend’s home nearby where she contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s investigators discovered the Oak Harbor home was a rental and the former tenant had recently moved from the home. During the course of the investigation it was learned that a Hispanic male, only known as Miguel, would frequent the rental home to visit a former tenant.

Investigators managed to obtain a single photograph of Miguel which subsequently led to him being identified as one of the robbery suspects. Based on the circumstances that Miguel’s last name, age and whereabouts were unknown investigators obtained a “John Doe” arrest warrant on him. The case was published to the media and posted on the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office website with Miguel’s only known photograph asking for the public’s assistance.

On July 3, 2012 investigators received a tip that Miguel had just come in from Mexico and was currently at a residence on South St. Landry Road. Investigators immediately converged on the home located on S. St. Landry Road, in Gonzales where Miguel was in fact located and fully identified as Miguel Angel Covarrubias. He was taken into custody and subsequently confessed to the robbery. A Federal Immigrations and Customs agent was also present when Miguel was taken into custody by investigators. Additional investigation revealed that he was not a legal citizen of the United States and will be deported back to Mexico pending the outcome of the criminal charges he is now facing in Ascension Parish.

On July 3, 2012 Miguel Angel Covarrubias, 25, of Gonzales, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm and 3 counts of false imprisonment with offender armed with a firearm. He is currently incarcerated in the Ascension Parish jail on $130,000 bond set by Judge Alvin Turner.

Authorities are still attempting to identify the 2nd Hispanic male and “Jasmine”. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).


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