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NOPD identifies suspect in vicious Bienville St. robbery

An image from the surveillance video of the attack (provided by NOPD) An image from the surveillance video of the attack (provided by NOPD)
Anthony Fields (photo from NOPD) Anthony Fields (photo from NOPD)
The store in 3000 block of Bienville Street (Danielle Konnecker) The store in 3000 block of Bienville Street (Danielle Konnecker)

Police have identified a suspect in the violent attack and robbery at gunpoint at a Mid-City convenience store last weekend.  And NOPD's Ronal Serpas is angry that the suspect was out on the street in the first place, despite having a lengthy rap sheet.

"On Monday, NOPD detectives issued an arrest warrant for 26-year-old Anthony Fields who is wanted in connection for a December 29, 2012 business robbery that occurred in the 3000 block of Bienville Street," reads a press release from NOPD.

"Fields walked into the store shortly after 9:00 A.M., immediately approaching the counter and producing a handgun," the statement reads.  "Fields then leaped across the counter and demanded cash from the store's owner.  When the owner refused, Fields began to repeatedly pistol whip the owner in the head and was able to make off with $500 in cash."

A detective identified Fields as gunman, and he now faces felony charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

The store's surveillance camera recorded the attack, and NOPD finally released the video to news media Friday.

"The surveillance video of this attack is incredibly disturbing", said Superintendent Serpas in Friday's news release.  "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."

According to NOPD, Fields has been previously arrested for several armed robberies, Flight from an Officer, Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and many other offenses.  "Fields is currently on probation until October 2014 for Simple Burglary and was released from parole in 2011 for Simple Robbery," the statement continues.

Watch FOX 8 News Friday evening for much more on this story.

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FOX 8 received this press release on the store attack on Dec. 31:

On Monday, NOPD detectives issued an arrest warrant for 26-year-old Anthony Fields who is wanted in connection for a December 29, 2012 business robbery that occurred in the 3000 block of Bienville Street.

Fields walked into the store shortly after 9:00 A.M., immediately approaching the counter and producing a handgun.  Fields then leaped across the counter and demanded cash from the store's owner.  When the owner refused, Fields began to repeatedly pistol whip the owner in the head and was able to make off with $500 in cash.

As a result of being struck multiple times, the victim sustained seven staples to the head, six stitches to an eyebrow and glue to the nose. 

Through witness participation, Detective Kelly Morel positively identified Fields as the perpetrator of this crime.  Once apprehended, Fields will be charged with one count of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Assault.

The incident was captured on the store's video surveillance.

 "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 Superintendent Ronal Serpas.  

"He's 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.    

Fields has been 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 currently on probation until October 2014 for Simple Burglary and was released from parole in 2011 for Simple Robbery.

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