Mississippi man convicted of Lockport armed robbery
A Mississippi man was convicted Thursday of the February 2015 armed robbery of an ATM serviceman in Lockport.
Tommy G. Manasco, 49, a resident of Gulfport, was one of three suspects who robbed the victim at gunpoint of his keys and vehicle at Breaux’s Hideaway Bar on February 2, 2015. The victim’s vehicle was located a short while later in Lockport Heights, and Sheriff’s Office investigators learned that approximately $82,000 in cash had been taken.
In addition to the ATM serviceman, a bar tender at Breaux’s Hideaway Bar and a patron were also tied up during the armed robbery by the perpetrators. All three victims testified against Manasco during the trial.
“I’m pleased with the verdict,” said Jennifer F. Richard, who prosecuted the case along with Allie Fournet. “An important part of the case was the testimony of the victims. Without them a conviction would have been difficult.”
Evidence recovered from the victim’s vehicle was also presented at trial, including surveillance videos as well as DNA samples found on the vehicle’s cash safe, which State Police Crime Lab experts tied to the defendant. The subsequent identification of Manasco was made through the joint efforts of LPSO and Kenner Police department detectives, after it was learned that a similar robbery of the same ATM serviceman had occurred there in October of 2014.
Additionally, prosecutors obtained an audio recording from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in which the defendant admitted his involvement in a phone call from a family member. That tape was played for the jury as well.
“This was a brazen and dangerous act that posed a serious risk of harm to these three victims,” said District Attorney Camille A. Morvant. “We are thankful that no one was hurt, and that the quick identification of the perpetrators by LPSO and Kenner investigators no doubt prevented more robberies.”
Armed robbery carries a punishment of between ten and 99 years in prison. Formal sentencing is set for August 23, 2016 before the Hon. Steven M. Miller.
Posted on Tue, August 2, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette