NOPD identifies armed robbery suspect after FOX 8 Investigation
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police identify an armed robbery suspect in the French Quarter after a FOX 8 investigation showed video of the incident for the first time. That video was never released by the New Orleans Police Department.
Travis Gibson, 31, is the man police say can be seen on surveillance video, holding a gun, while robbing someone in front of St. Mary's church. The robbery happened June 11 on Chartres Street.
Investigators initially released two still images of the suspects and asked for the public's help to identify them. But two weeks ago, we obtained video of the hold up from a nearby resident; video that the police also had, but never released. And now, after airing that video, police say Travis Gibson is the armed robber.
David Landers provided us with the footage taken from his surveillance cameras.
"There's cameras everywhere and it doesn't seem they're concerned about cameras," he commented.
Landers says another portion of the video shows the armed robber shooting at the victim.
"The couple got to Gov. Nicholls and they realized he was coming at them, spun around and he shot and you could see the muzzle fire and the guy kinda did like this and he missed him," Lander explained.
In our original story, we questioned NOPD 8th district Commander Nick Gernon about the department's video policy. We wanted to know why the NOPD doesn't always release surveillance videos in its possession as opposed to releasing still images of suspects.
"Our number one consideration is- is this video or are these images going to help us identify the suspect? And if the answer is yes, then we release it," Gernon said.
French Quarter residents we spoke to say they feel more suspects could be apprehended if police release more video.
"People are going to see his mannerisms, his clothing, his look, and the more information you can give people, the quicker the NOPD is going to close in," resident Larry Lane said.
If you know where Gibson is, call the New Orleans Police Department at 822-1111.