January 11, 2017  |  08:48 am

A 25-year-old Slidell man was arrested over the weekend after he robbed a Slidell-area gas station. Sheriff Randy Smith praises the deputies’ quick response as a factor in making a quick arrest.

Early Sunday morning (January 8, 2017), William Meadows (DOB 5/21/1991; 2018 Churchill Street, Slidell) entered the Shell gas station on Hwy 11 wearing a ski mask. He showed the store clerk a large knife and demanded the clerk lie face down on the floor. Meadows then opened the cash register and removed an undisclosed amount of money. Meadows then fled the store.

Shortly after the robbery, St. Tammany Parish deputies located Meadows hiding behind some bushes several blocks away from the gas station. Meadows was arrested without incident and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail for one count of L.R.S.14:64 (Armed Robbery).

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith says, “The deputies quick response time to the robbery scene played a key role in us apprehending this suspect. Criminals need to learn that they will not get away with committing crime in this parish. Our track record proves that.”