Gabriel King

Gabriel Lamar King, 30, of LaPlace, was arrested for simple robbery after he robbed a 69-year-old woman at an ATM at Capital One in Reserve.

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, about 2 p.m., deputies responded to a report in reference to a robbery. The victim reported she had just withdrawn cash from the ATM when a male subject approached her. As she was opening her vehicle’s driver door and attempting to enter the vehicle, the suspect, later identified as King, grabbed her arm and took the money from her hand. King then fled east bound on La. 44 in a vehicle. Shortly after, officers arrested King on Rosemary Court in LaPlace.

King is being held in custody in lieu of a $28,500 bond. He also is on probation/parole hold. Since 2006, King has been arrested more than 30 times on charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, and illegal possession of stolen things as well as drug violations in St. John Parish. King could face further charges as the investigation continues.

Officers’ quick response and actions as well as the victim’s attention to details were instrumental in King’s arrest in only seven minutes after the call for service came in, Sheriff Mike Tregre said.

The detailed information the victim gave to officers as well detectives’ review of surveillance cameras in the area enabling them to give responding officers the vehicle and suspect descriptions immediately led to this quick apprehension, Sheriff Tregre said.

“I want to commend all of the officers involved in the arrest of Gabriel King,” Sheriff Tregre said. “The radio traffic was crisp and clear. Everyone was laser focused. The vehicle used was located within minutes, and this habitual offender is off the streets of St. John Parish again. This was a total team effort and was another example of why crime in our parish has dropped drastically.”