NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested three people Tuesday in connection with what officers believed to be the attempted armed robbery of an armored car on the west bank.
Nineteen-year-old Miquel Gordon, 20-year-old Cirdezhean Lamothe and 25-year-old Jerome Vann were taken into custody in the Wendy's parking lot in the 4000 block of Behrman Place in Algiers.
The incident began at about 9 a.m., when a Loomis guard called the police and said that a blue Chevy Impala had followed her into the First NBC Bank parking in the 4900 block of General Degulle Drive. When officers arrived the suspects were gone, but police obtained a detailed description of the trio from the driver.
At around 11:30 a.m., the guard drove the armored car into the Walmart parking lot in the 4000 block of Behrman Place to make a delivery. The driver signaled to her partner, who was outside of the armored vehicle, not to return because the Impala was following them again. Once the partner safely made it into the vehicle, the guard drove to the Wendy's parking lot and called police.
The trio followed the driver, and Fourth District arrived and conducted a traffic stop. The suspects were arrested without incident.
During the investigation, officers recovered a .9mm pistol, three pairs of gloves and ski masks. Officers also learned that Lamothe was a former Loomis employee who knew the armored car's route.
The three men were each booked with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.