News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Jim Craft, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: Cpl. Paul L. Mouton
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 4/19/2014 10:00 AM
Suspect Arrested in Parking Lot Robbery
Lafayette, LA – On April 18, 2014, at approximately 5:45 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a parking lot in the 5700 block of Johnston Street regarding an armed robbery in progress.  The male victim advised the police he was sitting in his parked vehicle, when the suspect opened the passenger side door.  The suspect produced a handgun and demanded the victim’s money and cellphone.  After the suspect stole the victim’s property, the suspect then demanded that the victim taken him to an ATM to withdraw cash.  When the victim refused to comply, the suspect began fleeing the area on foot. 
Officers working uniform off duty security and responding officers located the suspect at 5503 Johnston Street.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  Officers recovered the suspect’s pistol, along with the victim’s cell phone and money.  The suspect, Jonathon Tyler Whitteker (21) of Lafayette, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping.  The investigation remains ongoing by the Lafayette Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section.


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