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Louisiana man arrested in Conyers armed robbery

CONYERS -- The Conyers Police Department has arrested a Louisiana man in connection with an armed robbery at Walgreen's pharmacy on Milstead Avenue earlier this month.

Police were able to identify the suspect in the armed robbery using video surveillance and witness statements, and detectives issued a lookout for Mark Prentice Batiste, 42, of 217 Thibodeaux St., Lawtell, La. Warrants for armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime were taken out against Batiste. The suspect had been at a relative's house in Conyers, according to police.

Conyers police were notified on Wednesday by St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office in Opelousas, La., that Batiste had turned himself in.

Batiste reportedly went into the drug store at about 5 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, wearing a black T-shirt, dark jean shorts and white shoes. The suspect reportedly walked around the store and went to the counter and asked to purchase Newport Red cigarettes. When the cashier got the cigarettes, the man then said he didn't have the money and walked out of the store.

About 10 minutes later the suspect re-entered the store, this time wearing a white tank top and covered with a mattress sheet, according to the CPD report. He went to the counter and again asked for Newport Reds. While the male cashier was getting the cigarettes, the suspect "jumped the counter and put a knife to (the cashier's) back," according to the report.

The knife was reportedly 2 to 2 inches in length.

The suspect reportedly told the cashier to open the register and "not to make any moves." The cashier told police he opened the cash box and watched the suspect take all the $20 and $10 bills. The amount of money stolen was not disclosed by police.

The suspect then jumped back over the counter and ran out of the store, leaving the sheet behind. A witness at the store told police that the suspect got into a white older model Camaro. No tag number was observed.