UPDATED: Shreveport armed bank robbery suspect arrested
Mark Longenecker, 52, via Shrveeport Police
(SHREVEPORT, LA) -Shreveport police have arrested the suspect in an armed bank robbery.
Officers have been searching for 52-year-old Mark Longenecker since Monday morning.
They believe Longenecker robbed a Regions Bank in the 6800 block of Pines Road before speeding off in a SUV.
Tuesday morning, police received a tip that Longenecker was at a home in the 400 block of Olive Street.
When officers arrived, they were attacked by dogs inside the home. An officer shot one of the dogs--injuring the animal.
A second person in the home was also arrested. Investigators are trying to determine if that person knew that Longenecker was on the run.
We'll keep you updated on air and online as this story develops.
Shreveport Police have identified the man they believe is responsible for a west Shreveport bank robbery Monday morning.
Officers believe the man is 52-year-old Mark Longenecker who lives on Soda Lake Circle. He's charged with one count of armed robbery.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning Shreveport Police, Louisiana State Police, US Marshals, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department, Shreveport City Marshalls, and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation began the search for the man suspected of robbing a Regions Bank on 6800 Pines Road.
"He's a white male with brown hair," Shreveport Police Cpl. Angie Willhite said. "He's described as very dirty. He was wearing a green or tan colored shirt, blue jean pants. They described him as medium height maybe about 5'10, maybe somewhere around 200-220 lbs."
Police say Longenecker entered the bank, and handed a teller a note demanding money.
He then showed the teller a silver .45 caliber pistol tucked in his waist band, Willhite said.
The teller gave him the money and witnesses reported seeing the man get in a tan Nissan Pathfinder.
As the suspect sped away Louisiana State Police attempted a traffic stop and chased him down on I-220.
The chase ended about 5 minutes away on Lilian Street next to Rose Street off Jefferson Paige Road.
Police say Longenecker, who they believe was still armed, ran away into the woods.
Alfred Dixon, 57, said he was surprised to wake up to authorities and a helicopter above his street. He said he's lived on Lilian St. all his life but nothing like this has ever happened.
"I just hope they find him wherever he is," Dixon said.
Officers, choppers, and K-9 had the place surrounded but it proved to be challenging.
"This area is wooded from here all the way to Lakeshore Dr. all the way to Westwood golf course," Willhite explained. "It is a very dense area. A lot of underbrush. A lot of big timber, so it makes it a little difficult to look for someone."
After a three hour search, Willhite said a witness told authorities they saw Longenecker hop inside a white Ford pick up truck at Curtis and Greenwood Road. That's about a mile from where the suspect started running.
Willhite said the pick up was dirty and had damage in the front.
Police continue to follow clues and are looking into evidence, most especially the suspect's car.
Police are asking citizens be alert as the suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call Shreveport Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Longenecker's arrest.
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