Man arrested for holding up 2 women in Metairie

Dequan Alonzo, 18
Dequan Alonzo, 18

Metairie, La. - An 18-year-old has been arrested and deputies are searching for another man in connection with an armed robbery in Metairie Tuesday night around midnight.

Two women were talking in a parking lot in the 4400 block of Hearst Avenue in Metairie when they noticed two men get out of their car and walk past them.  A short time later, the men returned with their faces covered and pulled out a gun. They demanded that the woman surrender their valuables. Once the women complied, the pair jumped into a car and sped away.

The women were able to jot down the license plate of the car the men escaped in, a gray 2000 Volvo S80. After filing a police report, detectives with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office were able to track the car down to 18-year-old Dequan Alonzo of New Orleans.

On Wednesday, detectives went to Alonzo's home and spoke to his parents. They confirmed Dequan owned the Volvo, but said Alonzo no longer lived with them. They agreed to call investigators when Dequan returned home.

On Thursday, just before noon, Alonzo's father called and said his son had returned home.   Investigators then met with Alonzo who first denied he was in Metairie on the night of the robbery. After further questioning, Alonzo responded, "Man I was just a bystander." Alonzo refused to answer any additional questions at that time.

He was booked into the JPCC on two counts of armed robbery. Alonzo was also booked on three attachments.

The second suspect in this case remains at large. He is described as  5'7 to 5'8 tall, 170 pounds with short black hair. He was wearing dark clothing with a red bandana concealing the lower part of his face. The suspect was armed with a black handgun.

Anyone with information is asked to call the JPSO Robbery Section at 504-364-5376 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.