FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Detective Brian McGregor
Office: (504) 712-2252
Date: September 22, 2010
New Orleans Sex Offender
robbery / police impersonator
- The Kenner Police Department has identified a man arrested
Sunday in New Orleans as the
person responsible for three robberies involving a man stopping
victims claiming to be a police officer within the City of
Kenner, and then robbing them.
On Monday, the New Orleans Police
Department contacted the Kenner Police Department concerning the
Sunday arrest of Van Gabriel, 47, who provided the home address
2430 Barracks Street, in
Gabriel had been arrested in New Orleans for armed robbery, false
personation of a peace officer, and criminal mischief.
Gabriel was arrested following an
incident in which he committed a robbery while impersonating a
police officer then crashing his Ford pickup truck in
Kenner Police detectives noted that the
Ford pickup that Gabriel crashed was the exact same vehicle
captured on a residential home surveillance camera concerning an
August 21, 2010 robbery that occurred in the 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue,
Upon conducting a license plate
query on the truck driven by Gabriel through the license plate
recognition cameras located throughout the City of Kenner,
detectives were able to establish that the Ford pickup truck
driven by Gabriel was captured on cameras within the City of Kenner on days and minutes prior to the robberies in Kenner.
All three victims of the Kenner
robberies which occurred on April 11, 2010, August 14, 2010, and
August 21, 2010, identified Van Gabriel, Monday, as the person
who stopped them, claiming to be a police officer, and robbed
(The original August 26, 2010 news
release detailing the three robberies is attached to this news
Van Gabriel is a Tier 3, level sex
offender, which means he has life time registration.
He was convicted in October 1997 of
the crime of aggravated crime against nature.
In addition to Gabrielís sex
offense conviction, Gabriel has prior arrests and convictions
for false impersonation of a police officer, second degree
kidnapping, aggravated crime against nature, sexual battery,
simple robbery, and theft.
It should be noted that Gabriel was
arrested in Kenner in February 1997 after he convinced an
elderly motorist he was a police officer investigating a
counterfeit money ring, in which he persuaded the victim to
withdraw money from the victimís bank account.
Gabriel will be transferred to
at a later date, at which time he will be charged with multiple
counts of armed robbery, simple robbery, false personation of a
police officer, and simple kidnapping.
Gabriel remains in the custody at
Orleans Parish Prison in lieu of $335,000 bond.
Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with
information concerning these incidents of having been stopped by
Van Gabriel to call the Kenner Police Department at (504)
712-2222, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Detective Brian McGregor is in charge of the investigation.