NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man, claiming to be a police officer robbed a man in the French Quarter of his wallet and cell phone. The incident happened just before 5 a.m. on January 26th near the intersection of Bourbon and St. Louis Streets.
The victim, a 42-year old man, reportedly told police that he was approached by a man who claimed he was a police officer. According to the New Orleans Police Department, the robber began patting him down, searching the man's clothing for his wallet and cell phone. The suspect then fled on foot with the man's belongings.
Police believe two others were involved, one who acted as a lookout and a third suspect who threatened the victim as all 3 ran away. The NOPD is searching for all three, wanted on charges of simple robbery and false personation.
The man police identified as the robber, suspect #1 is described as a white man, 30 to 40 years-old, with a slim build and having an unshaven face. He was wearing a white and grey jacket, black t-shirt and khaki pants.
Suspect #2 is described as a black male, 30 to 40 years old, having a beard and a tattoo below the right eye.
Suspect #3 is described as an unknown male, in his 30s, approximately 5'10" tall, with a skinny build. He was wearing a black leather jacket, black hood and grey dress pants.
Surveillance video captured photos of suspects #1 and #2. There was no available pictures of suspect #3.
The Eighth District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-6080.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 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