NEW ORLEANS—Sheriff Newell Normand reports, from the time period beginning in late January 2011 until late March 2011, a series of armed robberies occurred at businesses mostly in Jefferson Parish. However, there was an occurrence that did take place in Orleans Parish on Friday, March 4, 2011.
During each of the robberies mentioned in this email, the two suspects were described by their victims, sometimes more than one, as black males, whose ages, physical descriptions, and clothing items were all similar. Many of the victims described the weapons as being dark colored handguns, sometimes specific to that of a semi-automatic pistol.
In each incident, the suspects would enter the establishments brandishing weapons through various entry points and proceed to order the victims to open the registers and or safes. Upon complying, the victims would then be ordered to the floor; hence, the suspects would remove the currency and flee.
JPSO Robbery Detective Sergeant Dax Russo and Detective Wayne Rumore initiated follow-up investigations once it was believed these incidents were possibly perpetrated by the same suspects. Of particular note, was information gleaned by our investigators during the reviewing of video surveillance captured at many of the establishments. Key pieces of evidence collected from several of the crime scenes led investigators to have DNA analysis conducted on them in hopes of determining a possible identification.
On Monday, March 21, 2011, JPSO Regional Crime Lab Director, Connie Brown notified investigators of the Robbery Section that DNA samples presented to them had been identified as belonging to that of Jonathan Isaac, B/M, date of birth 10-05-1961. Computer research of Isaac revealed his physical description as 6'0", 185 pounds, thus, supporting in fact, he fit the description of one of the suspects in this series of robberies.
Based on fingerprint identification from evidence presented, in conjunction with the DNA identifications, Detective Rumore authored arrest warrants for Jonathan Isaac charging him with two counts of armed robbery for the March 6, 2011 armed robbery at 2420 Barataria (2 victims), two counts of armed robbery for the March 13, 2011 armed robbery at 1201 Jefferson Highway (2 victims) and one count of armed robbery for March 24, 2011 armed robbery at 1700 Promenade (one victim).
In the afternoon hours of Friday, March 25, 2011, Robbery Section Detectives along with members of the Second and Third District Patrol Divisions attempted to locate Isaac at two separate addresses without success. Shortly thereafter, information was learned that Isaac was visiting someone at 938 Silver Lilly Lane, Marrero. Upon arrival at the Silver Lilly Lane address, Jonathan Isaac was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Investigations Bureau for questioning regarding his involvement in this series of robberies, as well as the identity of the second suspect. Isaac refused to cooperate; thus prompting investigators to transport him to the JPCC where he was booked with five counts of Armed Robbery for three of the incidents.
Jonathan Isaac is a career criminal with arrests dating back to 1978 for narcotics offenses, property crimes, crimes against persons, including armed robbery, simple robbery and murder. Isaac was convicted on a 1979 armed robbery charge for which he was sentenced to 15 years, a 1994 conviction for narcotics and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and a 2002 conviction for a simple robbery for which he was sentenced to 8 years. He was released from prison in July of 2010.
Robbery Detectives will continue their follow-up investigation into the remaining incidents. Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Russo or Rumore at 364-5300 or Crimestoppers.