NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A man believed to be responsible for committing a dozen armed robberies over the past eight months is off the street after police arrested him Wednesday during a citywide search.
Acting on information gathered by district detectives, officers assigned to the TIGER Unit tracked down and arrested 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes at noon near the intersection of Foucher and Baronne streets.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Barnes as the suspect in the following incidents:
- Attempted armed robbery reported on Oct. 24 at the Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in the 7600 block of Maple Street;
- Armed robbery reported at the Shell Gas station on Oct. 21 in the 600 block of South Carrollton Avenue;
- Armed robbery reported on Sept. 29 at the Rite Aid in the 7100 block of St. Charles Avenue;
- Armed robbery reported on March 31 at the Maple Street Bookstore in the 7500 block of Maple Street;
- Armed robbery reported on March 2 at the Rite Aid in the 1100 block of South Carrollton Avenue; and
- Armed robbery reported on March 1 at the Smoothie King in the 200 block of North Carrollton Avenue.
Detectives have identified Barnes as a suspect in six additional incidents. The First, Second and Third Police Districts and the TIGER Unit (Tactical Intelligence Gathering and Enforcement Response) are working on the ongoing investigations.
Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.