Man sentenced after crashing car into Hammond Target, planting fake bombs

A man has been sentenced after crashing a car into a Target located in Hammond and planting fake explosive devices in June of 2020, officials said.

Walter Allbritton III, 44, of Ponchatoula, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Judge Jeffrey S. Johnson after pleading no contest to first degree robbery, two counts of attempted first degree robbery, terrorism, terrorizing, fake explosive device and aggravated criminal damage to property, according to the 21st Judicial District Court.

According to Hammond Police Department, they were notified that a vehicle had been driven into Target and possible shots were fired.

Police said when they arrived Target employees and customers were fleeing from all exits of the store. Documents state that officers commanded Allbritton to surrender and show his hands, but he responded by saying, “you’re going to have to kill me,’ while shoving large amounts of cash from the customer service register into his pockets.

Read more: WAFB (Baton Rouge, LA)