On April 8, 2019, at approximately 11:00pm, a masked suspect entered the business of Pizza Hut, located at 2108 Franklin Avenue. The suspect produced a firearm and demanded money. A second masked suspect acting in the capacity of a lookout, is also seen on video standing just outside the business. Members of the Gretna Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, as well as, members of the Major Crimes Task Force began conducting a follow up investigation.
Detectives quickly learned of a robbery of a Waffle House Restaurant located in Kenner, Louisiana, perpetrated an hour and twenty minutes after the Pizza Hut robbery. Detectives believed the two robbery incidents were possibly related based upon clothing descriptions of the alleged assailants.
In addition detectives were aware of other recent Waffle House Restaurant robberies one of which occurred on April 7, 2019, in New Orleans East. During that robbery a security guard was shot during the attempted robbery.
Detectives were able to identify Richard Brown AKA “Butt”, black male 06/21/1994 of 1815 Gallier Street, New Orleans, Louisiana and Emile Washington AKA “E”, black male 09/23/1995 of 1265 Tennessee Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, as the perpetrators of the Pizza Hut robberies with the assistance of crime cameras & license plate recognition cameras.
Detectives questioned Richard Brown who denied any knowledge of the robbery. With the assistance of the United States Marshall Services, members of the Gretna Police Criminal Investigations Division, as well as, the Major Crimes Task Force located Emile Washington. Detectives interviewed Washington who admitted to having perpetrated the Pizza Hut robbery, the Waffle House robbery later that same night, as well as, the New Orleans East robbery, during which the security guard was shot. Washington implicated Brown as his accomplice in all three robberies
Detectives are continuing to investigate Brown and Washington for possible involvement in additional robberies in the Metro area.
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
Chief of Police