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Posted on: August 1, 2017

Multiple Clear-up in Armed Robbery Investigation

Sheriff Newell Normand announces the arrest of Kenneth Gaspard, B/M, 19, of 1717 Appleby Lane in Harvey.  Gaspard was booked into the JPCC with 3 counts of Armed Robbery along with Illegal Carrying of a Concealed Weapon.   

On Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm our officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the business of the Domino's Pizza located at 1525 Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey.  Responding officers met with the female victim who reported she was working inside of the business when a black male suspect wearing a black shirt, black pants, black tennis shoes and a black back pack entered the business armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.  Upon demanding money from the victim, she complied by handing over the contents inside the register to him.  Upon obtaining the money, he ran from the business on foot.  Video surveillance cameras within the business recorded the incident.  

Several hours later, around 9:11pm, our officers were dispatched to a second armed robbery at the business of Dollar General at 3350 Wall Boulevard in unincorporated Gretna.  Upon their arrival they met with a female victim who reported that a black male suspect dressed in all black, with black gloves and a black hooded sweatshirt entered the business and approached her while at the register.  The suspect produced a black semi-automatic handgun and instructed her to hand over money from the cash register.  The victim complied by doing as instructed.  The suspect placed the money inside of a Dollar General shopping bag and fled from the business.   This business was also equipped with video surveillance cameras.  Upon review of the suspect's image, it was obvious that he was the same suspect who robbed Domino's earlier in the evening.  In this robbery the suspect wore black gloves and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Within minutes from the Dollar General robbery, at 9:58pm a third armed robbery was reported at the business of the Walgreen's at 457 Lapalco Boulevard in unincorporated Gretna.  Responding officers learned that a black male suspect approached the service counter, produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the female victim.  The victim opened the register and handed over the currency to the suspect.  He placed the money in a Dollar General bag and fled on foot.  This business was also equipped with video surveillance cameras.  The image of the Walgreen's robbery suspect was compared to the images of the Domino's and Dollar General robberies, and determined to be the same individual.  Immediately following each of the above robberies, a description of the armed suspect was broadcasted.  

Later in the evening, around 10:05pm Deputy Mike Wible assigned to the Second District and Detective Will Whittington who was working an off-duty detail were canvassing the area and observed a black male subject wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, tennis shoes and a black pack back walking near Wall Boulevard and Mount Laurel Drive.  This was approximately three blocks away from the location of the Walgreens armed robbery.  Deputy Wible made an investigatory stop based on his observations and identified the individual as Kenneth Gaspard.  Deputy Wible approached Gaspard, and while doing so observed the handle of a black semi-automatic handgun protruding from the front pocket of his sweatshirt. Gaspard was immediately placed into handcuffs and the firearm was secured and determined to be a semi-automatic Sig Sauer .40 caliber that was loaded.  In the same front sweatshirt pocket was a pair of black gloves and inside of the black pack was several hundred dollars in US currency and a gas mask. 

Gaspard was placed under arrest and transported to the JPSO Investigations Bureau for questioning.    Gaspard waived his rights and agreed to be interviewed relative to the investigation.  Gaspard was presented with still photographs from each robbery scene (Domino's; Dollar General and Walgreen's).  He positively identified himself from theses photographs and confessed to committing each armed robbery.  He admitted to having the Sig Sauer in his possession at the time of the armed robberies and relayed that he found the gun.  

 Based on the above facts and circumstances Kenneth Gaspard was transported to the JPCC and booked accordingly.  Gaspard has no prior criminal history.

A photo of Kenneth Gaspard is included in this correspondence.

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