Police seek teen who removed ankle bracelet

New Orleans, La.- Police recieved an alert around 1:30 a.m. Thursday that a 15-year-old boy tampered and removed his monitoring bracelet.

Within minutes, the deputy assigned to the monitoring of the juvenile dispatched an Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office unit to locate him and notified the New Orleans Police Department. The search is ongoing.

The juvenile was placed into the Electronic Monitoring Program on Oct. 31 as part of a probation review.

The teen was originally booked and charged with simple Criminal Damage to Property and Criminal Trespassing.

"The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office oversees the proper monitoring of individuals placed into the Electronic Monitoring Program, after the judge in each case makes a determination about whether an individual is a worthy candidate for the program. We follow the instructions provided by the judge," said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. "In this case, the individual chose to remove their bracelet within 24 hours of being placed into the Monitoring Program by the judge. The Sheriff's Office is actively searching for this individual and will work with the judge in this case to ensure that he is off of the street pending the resolution of these charges."

While the bracelet was tampered with, it continued to operate and provide data to law enforcement.

The OPSO and NOPD are currently searching for this juvenile. An arrest warrant has been obtained for this individual.

Police will bring the boy to the NOPD's Juvenile Processing Center upon apprehension.