NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are asking for the public's help in locating and identifying a vehicle and three suspects wanted in connection with a Monday carjacking in Algiers.
The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 2900 block of Copernicus Street.
The victim told police he was driving his 2002 Chrysler Minivan when he pulled on the side of the road to allow a brown Ford F150, which was tailgating him and driving erratically, to pass. Instead of passing him, the driver of the F150 pulled in front of the victim's vehicle and blocked his path. Three masked gunman exited the truck and ordered the victim from the minivan. They then robbed him of his wallet and cell phone and drove off in his vehicle.
On Thursday at about 8:50 a.m., Fourth District officers received a complaint call in the 3100 block of Patterson Street, alerting them that the victim's 2002 Chrysler Minivan had been badly burned.
The carjackers were captured on surveillance video. The first vehicle in the video is the victim's minivan prior to the fire. The second vehicle that follows appears to be a late-model Nissan, possibly a Maxima.
Fourth District Detective Jeffrey Wellborn is in charge of the investigation.