Kenneth Barnes, armed robbery suspect


New Orleans police have identified a man they say committed a knife-point robbery at the Maple Street Book Shop in March and three other armed robberies.

Police said they are looking for Kenneth Barnes, 47, in connection with a March 1 robbery at a Smoothie King on N. Carrollton Avenue, a robbery on S. Carrollton Avenue the next day, and at a Rite Aid on St. Charles Avenue on Sept. 29. He is also wanted on other warrants.

On March 31, police allege, Barnes also robbed the well-known Maple Street Book Shop in the 7500 block of Maple Street. The store's owner said that a man placed a knife to a a female cashier's throat and forced her to hand over money.

“What is he thinking? It’s a bookstore,” Gladin Scott, the owner, said at the time. “There are two things we don’t have here: drugs and money.”

Police asked anyone with information on Barnes's whereabouts to call Second District detectives at (504) 658-6020.

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