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NOPD Arrests 15-Year-Old Gunman in Uptown Armed Robbery
Second District officers arrested a 15-year-old gunman yesterday who admitted to pointing a gun at a woman’s head last week and then taking off in her car.
The incident happened last Wednesday just before 7pm in the 8400-block of Fig Street. The victim said she was about to get into her car when a teenager approached her, put a gun to her head and said, “Give me the keys. Don’t scream, or I’ll shoot you.” The gunman then left in the victim’s 2008 Saturn.
Two days later, the Saturn was spotted at Iberville and North Lopez Streets. Four males who were in the car fled the car at the sight of police. The car was then recovered.
Yesterday, detectives went to the corner of Fig and Cambronne Streets to follow up on a call of a suspicious person. The description of the person was similar to that of the teenager who had stolen the Saturn a week earlier. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood, describing the suspect to residents in hopes they may have seen him. Various residents told investigators they were familiar with the suspect, and were able to tell detectives where he might live. The information led detectives to the 15-year-old’s home, which was in the near vicinity. Detectives took the teen to the juvenile Bureau for questioning, and in a statement, he admitted to committing the armed robbery, and was subsequently booked with Relative to Firearm Use in a Robbery.
“Great work by our Second District team in this case. Our detectives were thorough, and left no stone unturned when trying to locate this teenager wielding a gun”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“And this is another case where residents were forthcoming with our officers to tell them what they knew, because they recognize the NOPD’s ability to track down violent criminals and make our neighborhoods safer. As always, we’re incredibly grateful for the community’s help.”
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On June 19, 2013 at approximately 6:55 p.m., a Carjacking occurred in the 8400 block of Fig Street.
The victim stated she exited her residence and walked toward her vehicle which was parked on the shoulder of the road in front the side door of her residence. As she opened the driver door an unknown black male who was armed with an unknown black semi-automatic handgun placed the gun to the temple of her head and stated "Give me the keys, don't scream or I'll shoot you". The victim relinquished the car keys and the perpetrator drove off west on Fig Street then unknown.
The victim described the perpetrator as a black male about 5'8 height, thin build, about 17 years old, no facial hair, black shoulder length dreadlocks, wearing a black sweatband around his head, white tee shirt and black sweatpants with a white stripe along the side leg.
The victim's vehicle was a 2008, Silver, Saturn, 4 door., Louisiana license plate SMD212.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call 2nd District Detectives at 658-6020 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward.