West Monroe bingo hall robbed at gunpoint, men arrested

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Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:04 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 3:45 PM CDT
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UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men who were wanted for armed robbery.

OPSO said in a press release they responded to a robbery at Oasis Bingo Hall in West Monroe on Sept. 21, 2022, after two men allegedly entered the business armed with a gun and took cash.

Donald Bouwell, Jr. and James Stephenson were made suspects in the case. The two men were later involved in a chase in Union Parish when they fled into a wooded area, OPSO said.

Both suspects were later found in Union Parish and arrested on armed robbery charges.

OPSO said Bouwell was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender in Ouachita Parish and faces more Union Parish charges. Stephenson was charged with more Union Parish charges, but OPSO did not specify what they are.

Donald Bouwell, Jr., accused of armed robbery
Donald Bouwell, Jr., accused of armed robbery(Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)
James Stephenson, accused of armed robbery
James Stephenson, accused of armed robbery(Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)

Below is the original story:

Union Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men related to an armed robbery that happened in Ouachita Parish on Sept. 20, 2022.

UPSO says three people were involved in the robbery but one was already arrested, and they are still searching for two others. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot near Vanco Ln. in Downsville near Foster Rd. and Yard Rd.

UPSO describes the two men as:

  • Donald Bouwell
    • White male, DOB: 7/26/89
  • James Stephenson
    • White male, DOB: 7/26/84
  • Both last seen wearing white tank tops and blue jeans

UPSO says to consider these men armed and dangerous. If spotted, do not approach them and call UPSO immediately.

All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Union Parish Sheriff's Office searching for armed robbery suspects
Union Parish Sheriff's Office searching for armed robbery suspects(Source: Union Parish Sheriff's Office)