Shreveport Armed Robbery Suspect Facing Decades in Prison
A Shreveport man who committed two armed robberies and then led police on a high-speed chase through central Shreveport faces more than 200 years in prison following his conviction in Caddo District Court.
Kenyon Lee Dunams, 32, faces a prison term of at least 10 years and up to 99 years on each of two armed robbery convictions when he returns to District Judge John D. Mosely Jr.'s court January 18, 2023. Due to conviction as a felon in possession of a firearm, he faces an additional term of at least five years and up to 20 years. The sentences are to be served without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. The weapons possession charge also has a fine of at least $1,000 and up to $5,000.
The five-man, seven-woman jury deliberated just over an hour before returning unanimous guilty-as-charged verdicts on all counts late Thursday, December 8, 2022.
In October 2020, Dunams entered the Thrifty Liquor in the 8600 block of Youree Drive and committed an armed robbery. Several hours later, he entered the Papa Johns in the 3900 block of Youree Drive and committed a second armed robbery. In both robberies, he was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
Shreveport police learned that Dunams left the Papa Johns driving a white four-door Cadillac sedan. Officers spotted and pursued Dunams on Ockley Street and a high-speed chase ensued. The chase led down Line Avenue and Monrovia Street and eventually to Pierremont Road. Dunams finally was apprehended in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 900 block of Pierremont Road.
When apprehended, Dunams was the sole occupant of the white Cadillac that was registered to him and whose license plate matched that noted by Papa Johns employees. Officers found distinctive clothing shown in surveillance video from each robbery and also recovered a distinctive mask and handgun discarded on Monrovia along the route of the pursuit. DNA recovered from the mask matched Dunams as well.
Dunams was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Cheyenne Wilson and Mekisha Smith Creal. He was defended by Larrion Hillman.