Gonzales robbery spree ends with arrest of N.O. man

Barney Bynum
Barney Bynum

A New Orleans man has been booked on six counts of first-degree robbery stemming from holdups at Gonzales restaurants and stores from late October through last week.

Barney Powell Bynum Jr., 33, 9722 Rockton Drive, New Orleans, was arrested Friday, after being spotted by a Gonzales warrants officer, Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken said Monday.

Bynum, acting alone, over the past 10 weeks in Gonzales held up a Subway sandwich shop, on Oct. 29; a Family Dollar store, Nov. 7; the Golden Buddha restaurant, Nov. 20; a Dollar General, Dec. 18; a Pizza Hut, Dec. 28; and a Dollar Tree, Jan. 8, Nethken said.

Leads were developed from surveillance video. A Toronto’s Blue Jays batting practice hat Bynum wore in most of the robberies, as well as the weapon he used to commit the robberies, was discovered after a search warrant was issued for his car, a 1998 Chevy Lumina seen in the surveillance video, according to a news release from the Gonzales Police Department.

Nethken said Bynum confessed to the robberies, telling a detective he was trying to supply a heroin addiction.

Bynum was also booked with a fugitive warrant on a count of armed robbery in New Orleans. A robbery charge against Bynum is also pending in Baton Rouge in the Jan. 4 armed robbery of a Subway sandwich shop, Nethken said.

Bynum is being held at the Ascension Parish Prison. Bail had not been set as of Monday.