NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD has arrested two juveniles in connection with several Uptown armed robberies and one carjacking.
The suspects are 13 and 14 years old.
On April 2 at about 11:25 p.m., a 37-year old man told detectives he was walking in the in the 1800 block of First Street when a burgundy sedan pulled up next to him. Someone got out of the car, pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and demanded his property. The victim surrendered his backpack with his cell phone. The suspect jumped back into the car and the driver drove off.
About five minutes later in the 3200 block of Toledano Street, a 53-year-old man said he was standing in a friend's driveway when a burgundy sedan drove up. The victim said two black males got out of the car, and one of them pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and demanded his property. The victim gave the suspects $5 in cash. The suspect holding the shotgun saw that the victim's 2011 silver Honda Accord was running and drove off in the victim's car while the other suspect jumped into the sedan and followed.
On April 3, a tracking device on the Toledano Street victim's car led detectives to the 2900 block of Mandeville Street. Detectives conducted undercover surveillance of the suspects but eventually lost sight of them.
The car was then tracked to the 6800 block of West Coronet Court. Officers saturated the area and a brief foot chase ensued. Both teens were eventually caught without incident.
The victim of the carjacking was unable to identify the teens as the perpetrators, however, the victim of the armed robbery positively identified the 13-year-old as the suspect who robbed him with the shotgun.
Based on the evidence and circumstances surrounding the investigation, both teens were booked into the Juvenile Division and charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, illegal possession of stolen property and resisting an officer.
The 13-year-old was additionally booked with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of use of a firearm during a robbery.
Detectives believe the pair might be linked to similar crimes in the area, and the investigation is ongoing.