Pharmacy security guard shot at during armed robbery attempt is pleased by defendant’s conviction

Date: Jun 02, 2011

Pharmacy security guard shot at during armed robbery attempt is pleased by defendant's conviction

Slidell pharmacy security guard Gerald Ashker Sr. wanted the man who allegedly shot at him more than a year ago during a hold-up to be convicted of attempted murder.

That did not happen, but Ashker found consolation in the 18-year prison sentence a St. Tammany Parish judge handed the gunman, Keyshawn M. Hill, after he pleaded guilty on May 26 to trying to rob the store.

"I'm very much pleased," Ashker said Wednesday. "I would have maybe liked to see him get a little more time. I'd understand if he got away without shooting at me. But I'm glad they got a conviction."

Police said Charles L. Roy, 22, drove fellow St. Bernard Parish residents Jacob R. Lagman and Hill to the Family Drug Mart on Gause Boulevard the morning of May 1, 2010.

As Lagman, 25, and Hill, 30, walked into the store, one pulled a scarf over his face, drawing the suspicions of Ashker, a former Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy who has guarded the store for several years.

Ashker, 68, pulled his handgun out, aimed it at the men and sent them scrambling. As he fled, Hill fired two bullets at Ashker but missed, Slidell police said.

Ashker answered with three shots of his own but did not hit anyone.

Slidell police established a perimeter around the store and the nearby Belvedere subdivision. A man in the neighborhood alerted officers soon after to someone hiding in the backyard of a nearby house, and they arrested Lagman, of Chalmette.

Roy and Hill got away, but detectives were able to connect them to the botched robbery. St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies helped investigators arrest each of them at their homes in Violet.

Roy's case is the only one still pending.

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