New Orleans Police Department-Public Information Office
Suspect Arrested For Armed Robbery
New Orleans, LA –The New Orleans Police Department announced the arrest of 47-year-old Van Gabriel on September 19, 2010, after the suspect wrecked his vehicle near the intersection ofKenilworth Street and Milne Boulevard and fled the scene on foot. Officers then relocated to the address where the perpetrator’s vehicle was registered and met with the suspect. The incident occurred on September 19, 2010, at approximately 2:30 A.M. and was related to an armed robbery that took place at Tulane Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue.
Chief Serpas said, “This is a great example of citizen involvement and alert officers working together to protect the community and to remove a dangerous suspect off the streets.”
According to investigators, an armed robbery took place atTulane Avenue and South Carrollton Ave. Van Gabriel, posing as a police officer, conducted a traffic stop on the victim and asked for his identification. When the victim complied with his demands, Gabriel took the victim’s wallet which contained his debit card, immigration card, and $1000.00 in cash. Gabriel entered his vehicle and fled the scene. The victim then began to pursue the suspect.
The suspect wrecked his vehicle near the intersection of Kenilworth Street and Milne Boulevard and fled the scene on foot leaving his cell phone and a radio that resembled a police radio, on the floor board of his truck. Through the course of the investigation, Third District Officers discovered that the registered owner of the vehicle was at his residence when they arrived.
Upon arrival, Van Gabriel attempted to report to that he was a victim of a robbery in order to evade arrest. A show up identification was conducted and the victim positively identified Van Gabriel as the individual who robbed him. The victim’s property was never recovered. It should be noted that victim stated that Gabriel was armed with a black 45 semi automatic handgun that was tucked in his waistband when he committed the robbery. According to the victim, the perpetrator had his shirt pulled up in such a manner that displayed the weapon. The weapon was not recovered.
The victim also stated that the perpetrator pulled next to him, waived what appeared to be a “police radio” out the window and ordered that victim to pull over. The victim believed he was an undercover police officer. Van Gabriel did identify himself as a police officer during the incident. Van Gabriel was driving a dark colored Ford F-150 truck during the incident. Van Gabriel is being investigated in other local police departments for possibly impersonating a police officer.
Currently, investigators are in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify if this suspect is involved in other similar incidents. Third District Detectives are in charge of the investigation. Citizens with information that can help are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111, toll-free 1-877-903-STOP (7867). You could receive a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). Callers do not have to give their name nor testify to receive the cash reward.
Officer Janssen Valencia
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