Four arrested in connection to an attempted armed robbery
By: Golden Meadow Police Department
Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre announced four people have been arrested in connection to an attempted armed robbery in May. Benjamin Wood, 49, Gary Kiger Jr., 48, and Jonathan Castagnetta, 36, all of Cut Off have been charged in the investigation along with Kristin Dudley, 29, of Walker.
At 3:40 a.m. on May 23, 2019, officers responded to the 1500 block of Alex Plaisance Boulevard in reference to an attempted armed robbery. As officers arrived, a truck was pulling away from the scene. Officers conducted a traffic stop and detained the driver, later identified as Gary Kiger Jr.
Officers then made contact with the victim and learned that two men dressed in black had knocked on the victim’s door. Both men were pointing handguns at the victim demanding money. The victim was able to close the door and grab his own gun. He fired a single round into the air outside the door, and the two men ran from the scene. Kristin Dudley was at the victim’s home and claimed to be asleep at the time of the robbery. She claimed to have no knowledge of the incident, but officers found suspicious text messages and calls on her phone.
Meanwhile, as officers were investigating at the scene, they observed Jonathan Castagnetta walk out of a nearby wooded area. Knowing him to have an active Contempt of Court warrant, officers ordered Castagnetta to stop, and he was also taken into custody. Through investigation, officers established probable cause that Kiger and Castagnetta were involved in the attempted armed robbery. They were both booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux, and charged with one count each of Attempted Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm. Castagnetta remains in jail in lieu of $35,000 bail. Kiger’s bail was set at $100,000 due to the charge, but he is being held without bail due to a parole violation.
Further investigation revealed that Castagnetta and Kiger had planned the robbery with Dudley and Benjamin Wood. Officers learned Kiger had driven to the victim’s home where Wood and Castagnetta attempted the armed robbery. It was also determined that Dudley had contact with Woods and Kiger the night of the robbery while at the victim’s home. Officers then obtained warrants for Dudley and Wood.
Dudley was arrested on July 7, 2019, and Wood was arrested on July 18, 2019. Both were booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on one count each of Attempted Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm. Dudley remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. Wood was released on July 19 after posting $50,000 bail.