November 16, 2020  |  10:16 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sherriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell-area man in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Monday (November 16) morning near Slidell.

STPSO deputies were dispatched to a gas station near the intersection of U.S. Highway 11 and Powell Drive at approximately 7 a.m. Monday after a customer reported he had been robbed at gunpoint while leaving the store.

The victim told deputies a man who was armed with a small handgun approached him while he was exiting the store and demanded his wallet. The man, later identified as Christian Bickham (DOB 4/27/2001), took the victim’s wallet and fled on foot into a wooded area behind the gas station.

Responding deputies located Bickham, who continued to flee on foot through the heavily wooded area.

Deputies successfully apprehended Bickham, who was still hiding and running in the woods, approximately an hour later.

He was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count each of L.R.S. 14:64 Armed Robbery and L.R.S. 14:108 Resisting an Officer.

“This individual was apprehended due to the fast response time of our deputies, who were able get on scene quickly and establish a perimeter, ultimately taking this dangerous individual into custody,” Sheriff Randy Smith. “As always I applaud the work of our deputies.”

***A booking photo is not yet available. A booking photo can be obtained via the inmate roster on our website,, when available.