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
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.