NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are searching for a man responsible for five armed robberies that occurred at multiple businesses. The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes.
Police say that in the latest incident, which occurred around 8:08 p.m. on Friday Oct 21, Barnes walked into the Shell Gas Station in the 600 block of South Carrollton Avenue and pulled out a box cutter. Barnes demanded money from the employee and once he took the money, he ran from the store then in an unknown direction.
Investigators have also identified Barnes as the man responsible for four other armed robberies. According to police the first took place on Mar. 1, 2016 at the Smoothie King in the 200 block of North Carrollton Avenue. The second at the Rite Aid in the 1100 South Carrollton Avenue on Mar. 2. The third occurred on Sept. 29 at the Maple Street Bookstore in the 7500 block of Maple Street and the fourth occurred on the same day at the Rite Aid in the 7100 block of St. Charles Avenue. Investigators learned that Barnes also has seven additional warrants for other crimes committed in New Orleans.
If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD second district detectives at 504-658-6020 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.