BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge suspect is accused of robbing five businesses at gunpoint, in just over one month. Baton Rouge Police call Kevin Johnson, 55, a ‘serial robber.’
“We stopped him as he was leaving his home. And we believe due to the items he had inside his car, he was on his way to commit another robbery,” said Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr., Baton Rouge Police Department.
All of the businesses Johnson allegedly robbed were within a six-mile radius.
McKneely says the arrest was made possible thanks to neighborhood cameras and license plate readers in Sherwood Forest. The technology is connected to the real-time crime center at BRPD headquarters.
“They’re taking the initiative to harden their community and taking action and providing us with the resources that are beneficial to us,” said McKneely.
Sherwood Forest Crime District commissioner, Gary Patureau, says the cameras help solve hundreds of crimes nationwide. Johnson robbed the Baskin Robbins on Florida Boulevard just 100 yards away from these cameras.
“We have talked to business owners who are very excited about the initiative. They feel safer, our residents in Sherwood Forest certainly feel safer,” he said.
According to the police, robberies are up 25% compared to the past six months. McKneely says officers are working overtime to take care of the problem.
“We have undercover detectives working the neighborhoods and shopping centers. We have additional officers that are working the street during the holiday season,” said McKneely.
Johnson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on five counts of armed robbery with a firearm.