TPSO investigates armed robbery at Tickfaw store
Press Release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office:
TICKFAW, LA - November 14, 2019 - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding an armed robbery that occurred last night at the Big BossTruck Stop on Highway 442, just outside of Tickfaw. TPSO Deputies discovered the incident when they stopped at the truck stop to purchase fuel.
At about 1 a.m. this morning as deputies entered the Big Boss Truck Stop parking lot, they observed the front door to be locked as a patron was attempting to enter the store. Deputies immediately cleared the area and secured the perimeter. Upon approaching the back side fo the building, they observed an open door and glass shattered ont he floor throughout the store. While securing the inside of the building they located the frightened cashier who was hiding in a locked office.
After a preliminary investigation, information revealed that about 11:30 p.m., three unknown masked males armed with handguns executed a coordinated entry into the Big Boss Truck Stop. After entering, one of the males locked the front door as the others held the cashier at gunpoint. The armed masked men then ransacked the store, stole merchandice, and emptied the cash register. The cashier was forced to open the safe - subsequently allowing the suspects to get away with approximately $25,000 in additional cash.
During the incident, one of the gunmen fired a shot at the floor striking and destroying the cashier's cell phone that had fallen to the floor as two of the gunmen jumped over the sales counter. After taking all they could carry, the gunmen forced the cashier into the walk-in freezer and threatened to shoot him if he attempted to exit before they made their getaway. All of the suspects were wearing masks, hoods and gloves.
Thankfully, the cashier was not physically harmed as a result of this violent incident. Sheriff Edwards is asking anyone with information to please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245. TPSO Detective Michael D'Amato is the lead investigator on this case.