Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – A DeQuincy man has been arrested after an armed robbery, but the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says it was a case unlike anything they had seen before.
Instead of stealing money or valuables, the suspect held a gun to the victim’s head, demanding that she transfer funds through a mobile payment service.
“A lot of the time, most armed robberies involve cash or valuables, but this is the first time I remember them using the Cash app to transfer money from an account to someone else,” Deputy Chief Stitch Guillory said.
Joseph Ripley, 32, of DeQuincy, was arrested for this Cash App robbery.
“Victim said he was sitting in his truck, and a guy opened the passenger door, pointed a gun at him, asked for his money, told the guy he had no money at that time, he told her all he had was the money in his account,” Guillory said.
Deputy Chief Stitch Guillory says the suspect and victim weren’t just random strangers.
“It wasn’t a random event where one guy just robbed another guy, these two people knew each other, knew each other,” Guillory said.
Unlike the stolen cash, this digital transaction led authorities directly to the suspect.
“We were able to trace the subject, and of course I mean it’s a digital transaction, so it’s pretty easy to follow the money trail,” Guillory said.
Guillory says that because it’s so easy to trace the money back to a suspect, he doesn’t anticipate it becoming a problem in the area.
His advice, if you ever get caught in this situation, is to cooperate.
“At the end of the day, the guy is pointing a gun at you, so you do what you have to do to survive, but you know, a case like that is pretty easy to track down,” Guillory said.
The case is still ongoing.
Ripley was arrested and committed to Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center for armed robbery, careless carrying of a concealed handgun and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was released the next day on $107,500 bail.
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