Dim suspect arrested after posing next to mall Santa with wads of cash
A dim suspect has been arrested after he appeared to flaunt his cash in the middle of a shopping mall while he posed for a picture with Santa.
Pictures circulating on social media show the bloke holding notes at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge as the Father Christmas looks on disapprovingly.
Believed to be 29-year-old Almonzo Paul, he was wanted in connection with charges of aggravated assault and parole violation over in Texas. He was spotted next to another man in the picture, who appears to be holding a gun.
Paul is now being extradited to Texas, according to MailOnline. His pal has not yet been identified by police.
Gene Satern, the Senior General Manager of the mall, refused to comment on the photograph but confirmed that staff were aware of the bizarre incident.
"The incident is currently under investigation with BRPD and I'm not allowed to release any information while under an active investigation," he said.
The men pictured even shared the photo themselves on Instagram on December 13 alongside a video of them throwing cash as they walked through the shopping centre.
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Social media users were outraged at the images and questioned how staff had allowed the weapon in a no-gun zone.
"How in the world would you allow something like this to even take place in the middle of your mall," one said.
"I thought the mall was supposed to be family oriented???" another said.
It's been several years since the mall banned shoppers from carrying guns and the rules are clearly visible in signage throughout the centre.
Baton Rouge police confirmed that a man wanted on a warrant from Texas is being detained at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison before his extradition on the above charges.
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