From the City of Hammond
– On Monday, at approximately 7:00 am, the Hammond Police Department was called to La Quinta Inn & Suites, located at 42126 Veterans Avenue, in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred.
Two victims, who were staying in the hotel, said they were robbed at gunpoint by three suspects. The suspects entered the victims’ room and held the victims at gunpoint while binding the victims’ wrists with zip ties and covering their heads with pillowcases.
The suspects stole several items belonging to the victims and left the room. Once the suspects left, the male victim was able to break free and lock the bedroom door. Then he jumped from the second story window and ran to a nearby business to call police because all phones in the room were destroyed.
When HPD arrived, they didn’t know if the suspects were still in the hotel, so the HPD Special Response Team was activated and hotel guests were asked to leave their rooms while SRT searched the hotel. The hotel was found to be safe, and guests were allowed to re-enter the hotel.
Through investigation, police believed that another female, who was travelling with the victims, may have been a suspect in the robbery. When video surveillance confirmed this belief, warrants were issued for the arrest of Bianco Barrow, 21 years old from Dallas, Georgia. Two additional suspects have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone knows the identity of the suspects, please contact Detective Lyle Newell at 985-277-5757 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the Hammond Police Department Criminal Investigations Division or call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa's anonymous tip line at 1-800-554-5245 (JAIL). Be a part of the solution, and you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.