A Slidell man who needed money to pay his probation fees for a narcotics arrest faces a charge of armed robbery after stealing a diaper bag at gunpoint.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Terry Jones, apparently believed he was making off with a purse when he grabbed the bag Monday morning from a 30-year-old woman who was outside her apartment in the 2700 block of Mary Street.

The woman and her infant child escaped unhurt.

Police allege that Jones shoved a gun into the victim's chest and demanded what he believed to be her purse.  He took off running after he discovered that it contained no money.

Jones was apprehended a short time later after he ran by a Slidell police officer.  The incident occurred within blocks of police headquarters.