Citizen help, phone app leads to quick arrest of Lakeview armed robbery suspect

Citizen help, phone app leads to quick arrest of Lakeview armed robbery suspect

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police said quick work by a local citizen helped lead to an arrest just two hours after an armed robbery in Lakeview.

Saturday morning around 4:30 a.m., a gunman robbed a Bellaire Drive resident as he headed out on an early morning hunting trip, and noticed a strange man in a relative's car nearby.

"He confronted him and the male produced a weapon and demanded his vehicle. He took off in the vehicle. The victim notified us," said Commander Gary Marchese, who heads up the NOPD's 3rd District.

The robber got away with the victim's pickup truck, a cellphone, and two shotguns he was hoping to use to hunt.

"It's really terrible. You think you're in a safe place, but you never know what will happen," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

The victim's relatives kicked into action, and were able to help police arrest a suspect using technology available in most of our pockets.

"At 7 a.m., the victim was able to track his iPhone to an address, and gave it to us, in the 5500 block of St Ferdinand," Marchese said.

The tracking technology is readily available on any computer, and has been frequently used by the NOPD.

"That was very useful. It led us right to where they were. It's just an app that has to be activated on your phone," Marchese said.

Detectives swarmed the residence, and got five people to come out, leaving one person inside - 17-year-old Kevin Allen.

"As we cleared the house, Mr Allen attempted to flee, struck a seargent, and was apprehended," Marchese said.

Detectives recovered the victim's two shotguns, the phone, and the truck, and the victim, was not harmed.

"That's the most important thing, nobody was hurt," the neighbor said.

And a 17-year-old suspect is now in custody being held on a $125,000 bond.

New Orleans police have placed four charges on Kevin Allen, including armed robbery, battery on a police officer, and illegal possession of stolen firearms. They said he had no prior arrests.

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