NEW ORLEANS - Two teens have been arrested in connection with two recent carjackings and are being investigated in a third, the NOPD said Wednesday.
According to a news release, police arrested 18-year-old Joshua Womack and a 16-year-old boy in the incidents.
Police said the 16-year-old confessed to taking part in a carjacking/robbery in the 5000 block of South Saratoga on Sept. 2. Police said he also admitted to being the gunman in a carjacking on Aug. 30 in the 8100 block of Spruce Street.
Police said the 16-year-old and Womack approached a woman as she sat in her car on her cell phone in the 5000 block of South Saratoga. One of the suspects held a gun to the victim and demanded she get out of the car. The other suspect then opened the passenger door, grabbed the victim's purse and ran away. The first man drove off in the car.
Police said Womack was stopped by a patrol officer for a traffic violation on Sept. 7, but as the officer went to run the information on the driver and car, Womack took off on foot. Police discovered that he was driving in the car stolen on South Saratoga.
Womack was arrested on Sept. 9 at a residence on Eagle Street. Police said he confessed to the South Saratoga carjacking and was booked with one count of carjacking.
The 16-year-old was soon named as a suspect in the same carjacking and was taken into custody.
“These arrests can be attributed to steadfast efforts being made by our officers in the Second and Third Districts," said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Our officers not only work to solve crimes in their assigned districts, but they make it a point to always be aware of incidents unfolding in all other districts. These carjackings were solved because of exemplary teamwork.”