NEW ORLEANS The NOPD has a 16-year-old in custody after a Saturday night crime spree that police say involved two armed carjackings and the shooting of two men in a two-hour span.
According to Serpas, the teen was captured when officers pulled over a car believed to have been involved in the shooting. Two others inside the car got away.
Chief Ronal Serpas said the crime spree began about 11 p.m. Saturday when the teen and an uncertain number of other men surrounded a vehicle on Curtis Street and demanded the men inside get out of the car at gunpoint. Police said the driver managed to grab the keys from the ignition and the suspects took property from the two men and then fled.
About 40 minutes later, police said a group of men, including the teen, surrounded a woman's car in the 7400 block of Morrison Road and demanded she get out of her car. One of the men produced a gun.
About 45 minutes later, four men driving in a car approached two teens in the 9900 block of Lake Forest Blvd. and opened fire. One of the victims continues to be in critical condition, while the other was shot in the leg.
Around 3 a.m., officers spotted the car stolen in the Morrison Road carjacking and chased the vehicle until it stopped at Providence Place and Prentiss where the suspects jumped out. Police were able to arrest the teen, who was booked with robbery in regards to both carjackings.
'It's incredibly disturbing that a 16-year-old made plans with a few of his friends to spend their Saturday night committing carjackings and then shooting at two other teenagers. One of the shooting victims is 18-years-old, and remains hospitalized in critical condition today', said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
'Many people don't know this, but a minor who is tried as an adult, and convicted of armed robbery, can receive a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. What teenager wants to throw his or her life away for a 2-hour crime spree on a Saturday night?'
If you know anything about the carjackings or the double shooting over the weekend, please call CrimeStoppers at (504)822-1111. You will not need to give your name, and if your tip leads to arrests and eventual indictments, you could be eligible for a cash reward.