Arrest made in series of Uptown robberies

Arrest made in series of Uptown robberies
Police say this man is wanted for a series of Uptown roberies
Police say this man is wanted for a series of Uptown roberies

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police say a pair is responsible for nine armed robberies, including three Uptown robberies spanning Thursday night and into Friday morning.

One of the suspects, 43-year-old Larry Vail, has been arrested. A second unknown suspect is still at large. Officers believe that the pair is responsible for eight robberies in the second district and one in the third district.

The suspects are responsible for an Uptown crime spree on Thursday night into Friday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Officers say that crime spree started Thursday night in the 5600 block of Prytania Street. Around 9:40 p.m., a 33-year-old man was approached by a gunman, police say. The suspect held a gun to the victim's face, demanding his car keys and wallet. The victim complied. Police say the suspect got into the victim's vehicle, couldn't start it and fled on foot.

Police say the gunman struck again nearly 10 minutes later along St. Charles Avenue. The incident happened near De La Salle High School. Officers say the suspect pointed a gun at the victim, a 22-year-old woman, and demanded her car keys. The gunman hopped in the car along with a second suspect, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Officers spotted the stolen vehicle and engaged in a short pursuit, according to police. During the chase, one suspect bailed and the second suspect got away.

The man who bailed, later identified as Vail, was arrested. Vail faces one count of armed robbery and 38 counts of illegal possession of stolen things. Vail has an extensive criminal history, including numerous arrests on drug and robbery charges.

Police believe the unknown man at large is also responsible for a third Uptown robbery. Just before 5 a.m. Friday, a pair was robbed on the front porch of their Uptown home. Police say that a man and a woman, 71 and 27, were sitting on their front porch in the 5500 block of Willow Street when they were approached by a gunman. The suspect grabbed the victim's purse and fled the scene.

Police believe that the pair was also involved in a series of armed robberies in the Second District that was the focus of a FOX 8 Crimetracker report. The majority of these robberies targeted lone women, police say.

Police believe the suspects are also responsible for an Sunday morning armed robbery at the Magnolia Discount on Airline Highway. Surveillance video from the store shows the man walk straight up to the cashier with his gun drawn and demand money. 

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
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