Slidell convenience store wanted more than his regular pay Monday: Authorities said he stuck a purple water pistol into the clerk’s back and demanded the money in the register.
The clerk pushed him out of the store and yelled to a customer pumping gas that the man had tried to rob her, Slidell
police said. The customer followed the man while the clerk dialed 911.
Police caught up with the homeless man as he walked behind the nearby
Southside Cafe and after a brief struggle took him into custody.
Lazaro Gonzalez, 64, was booked with armed robbery, simple battery
and resisting an officer. He remained in custody Tuesday and was to be
transported to the St. Tammany Parish jail where bond will be set, the
Slidell Police Department said in a news release.
The clerk at the Shell Gas Station at 3296 Pontchartrain Drive
notified police of the incident around 10:20 a.m. Monday. The woman
told officers that Gonzalez often does cleaning at the store, for which
he is paid.
But while she retrieved his money on Monday, the clerk told officers
that she felt Gonzalez stick something in her back. Thinking he was
kidding, the clerk turned and saw what she described to officers as a
purple water pistol in his hand, police said. At that point she pushed
him out of the store without giving him any money.
Officers found the water pistol in a nearby dumpster, the release said.