From Hammond Police
Hammond, LA – The Hammond Police Department, assisted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, was able to disrupt what is believed to be a multi-state criminal organization that was committing armed robberies at jewelry stores.
On February 13, 2020, at approximately 5:15 pm, HPD received a call from Kay Jewelers, at 201 Palace Drive, advising that they had just been robbed. Three black males wearing hoodies entered the store, destroyed jewelry cases with a sledgehammer, and robbed the store of approximately $69,000 worth of jewelry. The suspects left the store and fled the area in a white Toyota Avalon with Texas license plates. A bystander was able to photograph the suspect vehicle as it sped away.
Officers responded within minutes and saturated the area. Information was quickly disseminated to law enforcement agencies along the I-12 corridor. At approximately 6:00 pm, Baton Rouge police officers stopped the suspect vehicle. The following suspects were taken into custody and later charged with one count of Armed Robbery: Ellis Gholson, 43 years old of Houston, Texas; Kameron McCoy, 21 years old of Houston, Texas; Frederick Gibson, Jr., 22 years old of Fresno, Texas; and Travion Walker, 29 years old of Houston, Texas. The investigation is ongoing.
“Had it not been for officers’ quick response, assistance from the Baton Rouge Police Department, as well as an attentive bystander, this case may have gone unsolved. It is a combined effort between local law enforcement agencies and citizens that helps stop crimes like this,” said HPD Chief Edwin Bergeron, Jr.