HARVEY, La. – After using a locator app on a stolen iPhone, deputies were able to bring a man into custody, only to later discover he had escaped from the interview room, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, JPSO was called to investigate an armed robbery in the 2300 block of Alex Kornman in Harvey.
When deputies arrived, the victims said they were standing on the street when a suspect approached them and demanded their property, according to JPSO.
The woman did not have any property to surrender, but the man had a wallet and iPhone, which he gave to the thief.
The man activated his iPhone tracking app and located his phone at 2404 Rose Dr. in Gretna. The Gretna Police Department and JPSO met at the location and identified the suspect as Harry J. Mitchell, deputies said.
Mitchell was taken to the JPSO Investigations Bureau for questioning by night watch detectives.
As a precaution, Mitchell was handcuffed while in the interview room, deputies said.
Around 8 a.m., investigators discovered Mitchell was no longer in the room and noticed that one of the cuffs was still attached to the floor plate.
A search has been underway since his escape.
Mitchell is described as a black 24-year-old. He is 5’10” and 150 pounds. He has brown eyes, ear-length black hair with twists and dreads, a thin mustache and a goatee. He has tattoos of “504” on his left forearm, “Snuggs” on his left forearm and “Deshia” with a fleur-de-lis on his right forearm. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
Arrest warrants have been issued for one count of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and simple escape.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.