Authorities have arrested a Louisiana man accused of killing a bar owner in Bogalusa, robbing a bank in Waveland, Mississippi, and sexually assaulting a convenience store employee near Pearl River.
They nabbed David Rester, 50, of Vidalia on Friday in a car chase down the Mississippi Gulf Coast that reached speeds as high as 120 mph. The chase began after a man with a gun robbed the Peoples Bank branch in Waveland and ended about 40 miles away in D’Iberville.
Remain is also wanted in the murder of bar owner Bogalusa Marl Wayne Smith a night earlier. Authorities said they found Smith dead in the Pub Lounge, the company’s ATM destroyed and his money stolen.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said its deputies and those from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office concluded Smith’s killer also robbed and beat a clerk at a Pearl River-area convenience store. February 27. That evening, a man with a knife entered the store, disabled its video recording system, punched the employee and sexually assaulted her, investigators said. He fled with the clerk’s broken phone, video equipment, and an undisclosed amount of cash from the store’s ledger and safe.
After his arrest in D’Iberville, Rester confessed to the Bogalusa and Pearl River crimes, the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office said. He was being held in Harrison County Jail on Saturday.