Armed robbery suspect: Keith Williams (Photo: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
New Orleans, La.- Police say robbers used a baseball bat to attack victims as they tried to steal cellphones in a string of robberies Wednesday night in the Lower Garden District.
Officers arrested 17-year-old Keith Williams and are looking for two others in connection with the robberies.
In the first incident, investigators say a man walking in the 1600 block of Clio St. when he saw three men. As he walked them, one tried to punch him with his fist and missed, but another hit him on the shoulder with an unknown object. They demanded the victim's cellphone, but he fought back and ran home to call police.
Just moments later, a woman in the 1200 block of Camp Street was approached by three men. Police say one man punched her in the chest and grabbed her cellphone from her hand, while another subject hit her with what looked like a baseball bat. She had minor wounds and declined medical treatment.
A short time later, a third victim walking through the park in the 1600 block of Coliseum St. was approached by two men. A third man came up behind the victim and knocked him to the ground. As one of the men demanded the victim's cellphone, another hit him in the head with the bat. All three ran off before they were able to take anything.
Witnesses chased after the attackers on foot and in a car. That made it possible for the witness to give police information about where to find the suspects.
Officers caught up with Williams in a parking lot in the 500 block of Saint Joseph St. He's booked with one count of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery.
Officers were able to recover the bat used in the attacks. Williams was positively identified as one of the subjects who took part in all three incidents.
Investigators are working to identify and find the other two men involved. Police ask anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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