NEW ORLEANS A 16-year-old was arrested for three separate armed robberies in the Marigny, including one in which the victim disarmed the teen, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
On Wednesday, the suspect turned himself in to the Eight District Police Station while he was in the presence of his family and attorney.
The teen first struck on Friday around 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Touro Street. A victim was walking when he was approached by the teenager and another young man, police said. One of the suspects pointed a shotgun at the victim and demanded his property. The suspects struck the victim three times before the victim fled the scene without relinquishing his property, police. said. He sustained minor injuries.
On Saturday around 5:05 a.m., the teen and an accomplice approached a victim who was walking in the 1900 block of Burgundy Street. He pointed a shotgun at the victim's face and said, 'Give me your money.' The victim disarmed the gunman and chased him. Moments later, the victim was approached by the two suspects again, who were in a black four-door sedan. The drivers said, 'Give me my gun back, and I'll give you your phone back that you dropped.' The victim then broke the rear window using the shotgun, and the suspects fled, according to police.
As detectives began a follow-up investigation, they discovered the 16-year-old's family member reported vehicle damage to the NOPD under false circumstances. The damage was consistent with the armed robbery on Burgundy. Using this information, detectives developed a suspect.
On Wednesday, a couple who saw the surveillance video footage from the Burgundy incident on TV arrived at the police station to report that they were victims of an armed robbery by the same suspect. The couple told detectives that the teen pointed the shotgun at them and demanded their property on Saturday in the 800 block of Frenchmen Street. The suspect took their property and fled, according to the NOPD.
When detectives prepared a photographic line-up of the suspect and he was positively identified.
The 16-year-old was booked with three separate armed robberies.
'Our Eighth District detectives did some outstanding work in this case. Many of us can't begin to imagine the terror victims feel when the barrel of a shotgun is aimed at their faces. This teenager victimized people this way three times- and our officers wasted no time collecting crucial evidence, releasing surveillance video to the public and building a case against this suspect,' said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Serpas said the media's release of the surveillance video played a vital role in the teen turning himself in.