A pair of Shreveport men who posed as Shreveport police officers and attempted to rob a family seven years ago were found guilty as charged during a three-day bench trial in Caddo District Court this week.
District Judge Brady D. O’Callaghan found James Micah Vanhorn, 44, and Robert Stuart Douglas, 48, guilty Thursday, November 30, 2017, of attempted armed robbery. The two will return to face O’Callaghan for sentencing December 18, 2017. The men each face prison sentences of at least 10 and up to 49-1/2 years at hard labor.
The incident occurred at a residence on Wiscassett Drive in the University Terrace South neighborhood on October 27, 2010. Vanhorn and Douglas entered a residence posing as police, and using duct tape and a firearm attempted to rob two members of a family. The attempt was interrupted, however, when a third family member returned to the home and recognized the imposters.
Douglas fled, but Vanhorn was captured at the scene. Police later found Douglas, along with more duct tape and the weapon used in the robbery attempt, at a residence in the South Highlands neighborhood.
Assistant District Attorney Ron Christopher Stamps prosecuted for the state, while Vanhorn and Douglas were defended by Jeananne Roy Self.