Crimestoppers tip helps SPD solve multiple armed robberies

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Shreveport Police detectives have charged a pair of suspects in connection with a rash of armed robberies of local businesses throughout Shreveport.

On January 4, 2019, Shreveport Police detectives arrested 27-year-old Creston Alexander, of the 2200 block of Virginia Avenue and 22-year-old Devonte Coleman, of the 3100 block of Desoto Street in reference to multiple armed robberies. 

The robberies, which occurred from December 17, 2018 through January 3, 2019, involved multiple locations of Family Dollars, Raceway and Circle K stores.

Based on information obtained via a Crime stoppers tip, Shreveport Police Tactical Robbery Unit investigators subsequently charged Coleman and Alexander each with seven counts of Armed Robbery. Both suspects are being held at the Caddo Correctional Center. 

Coleman is no stranger to the local crime scene – in March 2015, when he was 18-years-old, he was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs, armed robbery and use of a firearm.

A month later, out on bond, Coleman was arrested and charged with two counts of 2nd degree robbery and one count of 2nd degree kidnapping, armed robbery, use of a firearm and simple battery.

In September 2016, Coleman pleaded guilty to simple robbery and sentenced to five years in prison. The other charges were dismissed.

But, by December, he was back at it again…

Alexander, who is five years older than Coleman, also started his adult life at 18 with a Simple Robbery charge in 2009. In 2010, he was sentenced to three years in prison; Back at it again in 2011, he was charged with Simple Burglary, pleaded guilty in 2012 and was sentenced to another three years.

Undaunted, in July 2013, Alexander was arrested and charged with four counts of Simple Burglary. In August of that year, he pleaded guilty to two counts, while two counts were dismissed. He again was sentenced to three years in prison, but not before he was arrested and charged with Simple Battery. He got a year for that one.

He may actually been in a prison a while on those, because he wasn’t arrested again until April 2015, when he was charged with possession with intent to distribute, once count of sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug and possession of a controlled, dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

In August 2015, he pleaded guilty to the distribution charge, the other two were dismissed and he was sentenced to five years at hard labor.

Never one to stay put for long, in December 2017, Alexander was arrested for misdemeanor access device fraud, to which he pleaded guilty in February 2018 and was fined $500.

Like Coleman, Alexander is once again the guest of the Caddo Parish taxpayers.

For now.


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