NEWORLEANS-- NOPDSuperintendent Ronal Serpas expressed outrage about a violent Mid-City armed robbery because, according to Serpas, the suspect has a lengthy criminal record for similar offenses.
In the surveillance video, a suspect identified by police as Anthony Fields, 26, is seen walking into a corner store in the 3000 block of Bienville Street, pulling a gun on the clerk, leaps over the counter and then brawls with the worker who fights back (Warning: The video is graphic). The incident occurred around 9 a.m. on Dec. 29.
'The surveillance video of this attack is incredibly disturbing. But what's even more upsetting is the fact that this suspect has a lengthy criminal record, including an arrest for illegally carrying a firearm', said Serpas.
The violent altercation escalates with Fields pistol whipping the store worker and the employee using a metal chair to retaliate. Fields ultimately makes off with $500 in the robbery, according to police.
'He's (Fields) committed armed robberies before- and our officers arrested him for those crimes, too. Simply put, the fact that this man was out on the street and able to attack his latest victim- is unacceptable, and completely unfair to the people of New Orleans. It's also unfair to our police officers, who are working hard and arresting the right people- only to have those same people released back into the general population to possibly commit more crimes. This cycle is simply offensive, and should not be tolerated,' said Serpas.
According to police, Fields was previously arrested for multiple armed robberies with firearms, flight from an officer, criminal trespassing, felon with a firearm, firearm with an obliterated serial number, simply robbery, misrepresentation of name, unauthorized use of a movable and simply burglary. Fields is on probation until October 2014 for simple burglary and was released from parole in 2011 for simple robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.