Rayne officers responded to a 911 call from a local business regarding a robbery in progress on July 9, 2021, at 7:47 AM. Officers learned a customer was pumping fuel when approached by a male, later identified as William Craig Albert , 43, of Houston, TX, asking for $5.
The customer told Albert he did not carry cash. Albert allegedly lifted his shirt to show a pistol to the customer while saying, "you sure you don't have $5." In response, the customer gave Albert cash.
When officers arrived, Albert fled in his vehicle. Officers pursued Albert to Scott where he surrendered without additional incident.
Officers located an airsoft replica Smith and Wesson pistol Albert is alleged to have thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit.
Albert was booked into the APSO jail for first-degree robbery and aggravated flight from an officer with a bond of $65,000 set by Commissioner Andre Doguet.