UPDATE: Police arrest man accused of attempted robbery of Bastrop mother and infants

Bastrop, La.-- - UPDATE: [4/7/2017 4:30 p.m.]

We now know who deputies believe tried to rob a young mother at gunpoint at a Bastrop Walmart.

38-year-old Jesse Casillas was arrested Thursday night and charged with attempted first degree robbery.

He's being held at the Morehouse Parish Detention Center. 

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"I didn't see it coming," Bastrop resident Leah Bearden said. "I didn't see it coming at all and I've lived in this town since I was a little girl."

What started as an average trip to Walmart, nearly turned deadly for Bearden. 

The mother was about to leave the store's parking lot just after 9 p.m. Her twin one-year-old daughters were buckled in the back seat.

Then, suddenly a stranger opened her passenger door.

"He said, 'Do you know I have a gun?' and I told him, I said, 'No, I do not, but I do have two babies in here'. He said, 'If you don't give me your money, I'll kill you.' I said, 'I'm not dying over three-dollars so you can have it'," Bearden added.

The two then began to fight over her purse and the man pulled out his gun. 

Bearden told us she might not be here today if it weren't for a Good Samaritan-- a total stranger who she said saved her and her daughters' lives. 

A woman, after hearing the altercation, pushed the suspect, making him drop his gun.

"He got up and looked at both of us, kind of stunned," Bearden said.

The mother said the suspect then took off in his truck. Bastrop Police arrested him Thursday night. His name hasn't been released yet. 

As for the Good Samaritan? Bearden got away with only her first name-- Jenny.

"I would love to meet her one day and thank her because she saved our life," Bearden said, crying. 

The incident is a lesson for this mother and all of us in the Ark-La-Miss: You should always be aware of your surroundings and take extra precautions when alone, or out at night. 

You can't always find a Good Samaritan.

 

 


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