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NOPD Arrests Two Robbery Suspects

by Dawne Massey

April 21, 2017

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Armed Robbery, Second District

NOPD Arrests Two Robbery Suspects

The Second District made two robbery arrests this week in cooperation with Third and Fifth District officers.


Travon Johnson (DOB: 11/15/1998) was apprehended in connection with an armed robbery in the 7800 block of Spruce Street that took place on April 13, 2017. The victim reported he was unloading his vehicle at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he was approached by an unknown black male holding a silver semi-automatic handgun. The unknown male reportedly pointed the handgun at the victim’s face and demanded his car keys. He then entered the victim’s silver 2002 Ford Explorer and drove off.


On April 17, 2017, Fifth District officers spotted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue. They contacted the Second District and the victim identified one of the vehicle’s occupants, Travon Johnson, as the perpetrator who took his vehicle.


Johnson was arrested for armed robbery, illegal possession of stolen things, and illegal carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon. 


John Kentrell Brown (DOB: 7-28-1980) was apprehended in connection with a robbery of the Family Dollar store on April 16, 2017.


A store cashier reported she was assisting another customer when an unknown male reached into the open cash register and grabbed cash from the drawer. The perpetrator, later identified as Brown, fled the scene with more than $300 in cash.


Second District detectives received an anonymous tip identifying the perpetrator as John Kentrell Brown and issued a warrant for his arrest.  On April 19, 2017, a Third District Field Training Officer (FTO) was on patrol with a recruit when they observed a black male who matched the description of the robbery suspect.  After conducting a suspicious person stop, the Third District officers were able to confirm Brown’s identity and he was arrested and transported to Central Lock Up.


If you have any information about either of these incidents please contact the Second District at 504-658-6020. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. 


Armed Robbery

In Louisiana, an armed robbery conviction requires the offender to be imprisoned at hard labor for 10 – 99 years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. When a firearm is used in the commission of the crime, the offender will be imprisoned for an additional 5 years that will be served consecutively to the original sentence.