2nd woman robbed in Planet Fitness parking lot raped
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The suspect in a June 6 robbery at Planet Fitness in Monroe is in custody after reportedly committing another armed robbery and rape Thursday.
An arrest warrant filed Thursday for Jaquwn Newton, 18, states the department responded to a robbery that occurred in the parking lot. The victim said she was going in the gym when she was approached by a black man with a pistol who forced her back into her car and drove away.
Per the warrant, the suspect forced the victim to perform oral sex and robbed her.
According to the warrant, investigators have been working similar cases from the Planet Fitness parking lot and established Newton as the suspect. Per the report, he tried to force other victims to perform oral sex.
A warrant for Newton in the June 6 case indicates the victim in the case was robbed and kidnapped.
According to the report, the woman was leaving the gym when a black man wearing a camo mask and dark clothing approached her and pointed a handgun, forcing her into the passenger seat of her car.
The suspect drove the car to an area parking lot and asked for sex and money. When the victim told Newton all she had was a bank card and no money, he drove her to the Chase bank on Sterlington Road, the report states.
He reportedly took her bank card and withdrew money two times before driving to South 26 and DeSiard Street, jumping out of the car and running away. The victim then took her car and drove away to call the police.
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Investigators obtained photos from the ATM camera at the bank and pulled the suspect’s fingerprint from a receipt.
Newton is also a suspect in a June 8 vehicle burglary in the 3000 block of Concordia.
He was apprehended Thursday after police learned he received a ride to near South Grand following the morning assault. When police arrived, Newton took off running and jumped a barbed wire fence into a maintenance yard.
A K-9 was used to track Newton in the yard and take him into custody. The MPD Heat team and investigators assisted in the capture.
He is being held on two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of first degree rape and one count of unauthorized use of an access card.
Bail was set at $1,000,000, and three of his charges require being held without bond.
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