BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - UPDATE
A suspect has been arrested in connection with multiple armed robberies in Baton Rouge. Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department, in conjunction with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Gonzales Police Department, arrested Kevin Wayne Johnson, 49, of Baker, on Friday, February 23. Officials say he's responsible for robbing five businesses between January 16 and February 20.
Johnson reportedly robbed three businesses in Baton Rouge, one in East Baton Rouge Parish, and one in Ascension Parish. Officials say he robbed the Jimmy Johns and New York Bagel Company, both located on Perkins Road, on February 15, then robbed another Jimmy Johns on February 20.
EBRSO deputies arrested Johnson early Friday morning during a traffic stop on Prescott Road. Johnson faces five armed robbery charges.
Officials with the Gonzales Police Department also confirm Johnson has been identified as the individual they believe is responsible for robbing the Albasha Greek and Lebanese Restaurant in Gonzales. For this incident, Johnson will be charged with an additional four counts on armed robbery and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.
Two more Baton Rouge businesses were hit by armed robbers Tuesday night.
This follows two other similar robberies last week.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says on Tuesday, February 20, someone robbed the Microtel Suites on Rieger Road, and about 30 minutes later, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the Jimmy John's on Jefferson Highway near Essen Lane was robbed as well. Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD says an unknown man demanded money from employees at gunpoint.
These robberies come after two restaurants on Perkins Road were robbed the night of Thursday, February 15.
McKneely says they are reviewing surveillance video and "following up on good leads."
"We believe there's one guy that's committing these robberies with the possibility of some accomplices," McKneely said. "They might not have been there, but they may be withholding information. They might also have evidence," he said.
Officials say the thief took an undisclosed amount of money from each business. No one was injured during the robberies. Police say they are working closely with EBRSO to make an arrest.
The person responsible will face multiple armed robbery charges.