Two men behind bars after allegedly attempting to rob store

Monday, January 11, 2010 at 4:42pm
Staff reports

Two convicted felons are facing attempted robbery charges after they allegedly attempted to rob a Mapco convenience store early Monday morning, Metro police said.

Police say Charles Lasure, 43, allegedly entered the Mapco at 4677 Trousdale Drive at 1:30 a.m. and demanded money from the register after asking for cigarettes.

When the clerk threatened to call police, Lasure ran out of the store empty-handed.

South Precinct Officer Zachary Grunow responded to the Mapco and, based on the suspect description, believed that just one hour earlier he had stopped the driver of a 1996 Dodge Avenger, in which the suspected robber was a passenger.

A vehicle matching the description was stopped a short time later on East Thompson Lane, police said.

The driver Justin Jennette, 25, and Lasure were taken into custody.

During an interview, police say Jennette admitted he parked near the Mapco while Lasure went inside, was aware of the robbery attempt and drove off when Lasure returned.

Police say Lasure, who is homeless, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault in 2005 after he choked an acquaintance inside her home and stole money and jewelry. He was sentenced to six years. Lasure also has a previous drug possession conviction.

Jennette, of Apollo Court, has been convicted of felony drug possession and domestic assault.

Lasure and Jennette are both charged with attempted robbery and are jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond.