NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a home burglary that occurred Thursday in the Lake Vista area.
The suspect led police on a chase that forced the lockdown of the UNO and Ben Franklin campuses.
The robbery occurred at about 11:15 a.m. in the 6400 block of Perlita Street. Officers were responding when they saw a white Lincoln MKX in the block matching the description of a vehicle used in recent burglaries in the area.
When the officers tried to stop the SUV, it sped off. A chase ensued and the driver bailed out of the SUV after crashing into a tree near the UNO campus. The subject fled on foot into a dormitory building in an unknown direction. He remains at large.
Video surveillance captured the man walking through the campus. Mobile users can see the video here: http://youtu.be/xc9Ea7u2smM.
Detectives believe the man is responsible for other burglaries in the area, the most recent of which was reported on Jan 9 in the 1300 block of Frankfort Street.
During the course of the investigation, 29-year-old Raymond Kimble was seen running into a backyard next to the home that was burglarized. Police said Kimble is believed to be an accomplice, but he has not been booked with burglary. Instead, Kimble was booked on unrelated criminal trespassing and probation violation charges.
The investigation is on-going.
Third District Detective Roger Caillouet is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6030.
Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $8,000 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.