Footlong bandit issued $50,000 bond for Subway robbery

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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

A $5 meal turned into a $50,000 bond for a Baton Rouge man accused of robbing a Subway restaurant for a sandwich.

“Upon being greeted by the employee the [suspect] produced a silver revolver at which time [he] verbally stated that he was robbing the business for a sandwich,” a Baton Rouge Police officer noted in the affidavit. “The victim followed the [suspect’s] verbal demands by preparing a 12-inch roast beef sandwich.”

The bizarre robbery at the Burbank location took place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at roughly 10:00 a.m. The suspect, Daniel Phelps Hobdy, 29, was located roughly 30 minutes later and was placed into custody.

“[He] was positively identified by the victim/employee as well as video surveillance from the business that shows [him] during the entire incident,” the report noted.

According to records, this is the first time he’s had an unusual encounter with law enforcement.

On March 10, 2013, Hobdy was arrested and charged with Disturbing the Peace (intoxication) and Resisting Arrest.

“[He] was located in the parking area on Third Street and [he] was on is feed with slurred speech and had a strong odor of alcohol on his person,” the affidavit noted. “[He] was transported to Earl K. Long for a small cut on his left eye for a previous injury.”

At the hospital, Hobdy allegedly became “unruly” and attempted to “charge the officer.” The officer noted in the report that he “struck” Hobdy during this incident.

Hobdy was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and his bond was set at $450. Officials say he has another prior arrest, but did not provide information relative to the charge.

If convicted for the charge of Armed Robbery, he could be sentenced to a minimum of 10 years or a maximum of 99 years.  

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