Gunman caught after $22K Louis Vuitton purse theft - WKRN News 2

Gunman caught after $22K Louis Vuitton purse theft

Posted: Updated: Sep 21, 2012 01:17 PM CDT
Kenneth Anyanwu allegedly stole six purses valued at $22,000 from the Louis Vuitton store in Green Hills. Kenneth Anyanwu allegedly stole six purses valued at $22,000 from the Louis Vuitton store in Green Hills.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro police arrested a gunman Thursday evening a short time after he fled the Louis Vuitton store at the Mall at Green Hills with six purses valued at $22,000.

Metro police said a security guard attempted to stop Kenneth Anyanwu when he left the location without paying for the purses around 7:40 p.m.  Anyanwu produced a handgun and pointed it at the guard.

Anyanwu then ran to a parking garage and got into the passenger side of an older model gray four-door Pontiac Grand Prix.

Another security guard attempted to block the suspect vehicle from leaving.  Anyanwu also pointed the gun at him.

The driver of the Pontiac then drove up to the third floor of the parking and subsequently exited without Anyanwu.

Anyanwu was spotted in a nearby parking lot a short time later.  He was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Anyanwu is charged with four counts of aggravated assault for pointing a handgun at the security guards and witnesses, felony theft of merchandise, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

He is also charged with shoplifting items from the Best Buy store located at 2311 North Gallatin Pike on six occasions between June 15 and September 18.

Additional charges against Anyanwu are anticipated in two recent, similar thefts from the Louis Vuitton store at Green Hills Mall.

At the time of his arrest, Anyanwu was free on $5,000 bond for a September 5 shoplifting case involving a flat screen TV from the Walmart store located at 3035 Hamilton Church Road.

Anyanwu has eight previous theft convictions in separate cases since 2009.

Anyone with information regarding the driver of the getaway car is urged to contact Metro police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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