NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police on Thursday arrested a 12-year-old boy in connection with two armed robberies in the Uptown area.
The first incident occurred just after 4 p.m., in the 6000 block of Magazine Street. A 65-year-old woman told police she was riding her bike in the area when the suspect approached her with a gun and demanded her purse. The victim said she fled into the parking lot of a populated business for safety. She said the boy fled on a bicycle toward State Street.
While the officers were still on the scene investigating the Magazine Street incident, they were approached by two boys, ages 12 and 13, that an unknown juvenile on a bicycle just robbed them of $2 as they waited for the bus near the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street. The victims said this robbery occurred at about 4:15 p.m.
The victims in both incidents gave the same physical description of the suspect.
At about 4:30 p.m., officers found the suspect sitting in a park near Napoleon and South Saratoga Street. He was in possession of a BB gun and $2. A bicycle was also recovered at the scene.
The victims arrived on the scene and positively identified the boy as the person who robbed them. The victim in the Magazine Street attempt also identified him.
The suspect was booked into the Juvenile Division with two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery.
The Second District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation.