Brazilian hair bandit busted on Bourbon

Brazilian hair bandit busted on Bourbon

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man wanted in a string of business robberies along Carrollton Avenue has been arrested. Earnest Smith, 26, was arrested Monday morning following an attempted robbery on Bourbon Street.

The latest incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Police say that the suspect approached a woman and demanded cash, implying that he had a gun. The victim refused and fled to her work place. The victim described the suspect to police as a thin black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks and bleached tips.

A man matching the suspect's description was stopped along Bourbon Street. He was positively identified by the victim as the attempted robber, police say.

The suspect has been identified as Earnest Smith, 26, who was wanted in connection with two armed robberies on Carrollton Avenue.

The first incident happened around 5 p.m. on May 26. Police say that the Subway Restaurant, located in the 1300 block of Carrollton Avenue, was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect allegedly entered the store and pointed his gun at the cashier. The suspect grabbed cash and fled the store, turning right on South Carrollton Avenue, police say.

Smith allegedly struck another Carrollton business several days later, police say. The second robbery happened around 6:30 p.m. on May 30. The suspect entered Sally Beauty Mart, located in the 700 block of Carrollton Avenue, and demanded cash from the register and the safe. He then demanded "all the Brazilian hair extensions" and removed two boxes, police say. Officers say he also took employees' cell phones. He stuffed the stolen objects in a shoulder bag and fled toward Maple Street, officers say.

Smith was booked with attempted armed robbery. Detectives say he is believed to be involved in the other Uptown robberies as well. Additional charges are expected.

The investigations are ongoing.

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