NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested a 20-year-old man Tuesday minutes after they say he robbed a taxicab driver.
Jerome Marks was booked into Central Lock-Up with armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Police said the incident began at about 4:40 a.m. when Marks flagged down a 36-year old cab driver in the 1300 block of North Prieur Street. Once inside of the cab, Marks produced a gun and fired a shot into the cab's GPS, disabling it. The victim said when the cab approached the intersection of N. Claiborne Avenue and Bienville Street, Marks demanded cash, and he victim handed him more than $900.
Marks then ordered the victim to drive to a Chase Bank ATM in the 4800 Prytania Street, but the victim was unable to withdraw cash. When Marks and the victim saw a police cruiser in the area, Marks told the victim he would kill him if they were stopped.
At around 5 a.m., Sixth District Officers James Martin and Anthony Dupree were responding to the armed robbery in progress call when they saw the cab turning from Jackson Avenue onto Prytania Street. The officers activated their lights and sirens and conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Prytania Street. The victim was removed from the car and Marks was arrested without incident.
Both the First District and Sixth District Investigative Units are in charge of the investigation.