UPDATE: Nederland Police nab liquor store robbery suspect

Christopher Hebert

Nederland Police caught up to the suspect in the Twin City Liquor store robbery and shooting Friday, Nov. 22. Police arrested Christopher Michael Hebert,33, of Groves, for Aggravated Robbery. 

Hebert is being charged with the November 16 robbery of Twin City Liquor located at 507 N. Hwy 347 in Nederland.  

Detective Ben Hanks with the Nederland Police Department conducted the investigation, and through information obtained by various citizens was able to identify Hebert as the suspect, a Nederland Police Department press release states.  During the course of his investigation, Hanks was able to interview Hebert and obtained a confession from Hebert implicating himself in the robbery. Hebert is also a suspect in another armed robbery that occurred in Groves, the press release states.

Hebert was booked in the Jefferson County Jail charged with Aggravated Robbery and is being held on a $2 million bond.

Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said the release of the liquor store's video tape to the press alerted the public to the identity of the shooter.

“The night we released the video, we started getting calls from different citizens saying who they thought it was,” Bush said. “We just started running down leads on it.”

Saturday night, Nov. 16 around 8:30 p.m., Nederland Police responded to Twin City Liquor  to discover 52-year-old Siraj Thobni suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper right chest and shoulder area. Thobni was conscious and was able to speak with officers at the scene, according to a Nederland Police Department press release. 

Video obtained from the scene showed the suspect, which police have identified as Hebert, enter the store wearing a camouflage hoodie brandishing a silver handgun. He appears to say something to the victim and then fires the shot striking him. The victim then opens the cash drawer and the suspect reaches across the counter, removing an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the scene.

Bush said Thobni underwent surgery but is expected to fully recover from his wounds.