METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Officers arrested four teenagers connected to a recent carjacking in Metairie, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced.
The suspects, who the sheriff's department did not identify, were ages 15 and 16.
A woman in a 2011 Toyota Camry was followed by a Lincoln Navigator from New Orleans to Jefferson Parish on Monday around 11 p.m. The car was in the 500 block of Hector Avenue when a gunman approached the Camry and demanded the 24-year-old driver get out. The victim's purse and, credit cards and identification were also stolen.
During the investigation, detectives learned the victim's credit card was used to make several purchases from a vending machine at the Falstaff Apartment Complex in the 2600 block of Gravier Street in New Orleans.
Video surveillance showed two people buying candy. It also showed the same two people getting into the victim's Camry. The car's license plate had been removed.
On Thursday, detectives were notified that the victim's wallet and identification was discovered on the property of Inland Seafood, which is adjacent to the apartment complex.
Around 2:10 p.m. the same day, Louisiana State Police located the victim's car in the area of Broad Street and Esplanade Avenue. Troopers tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver drove away and crashed a few blocks down the road.
A 15-year-old driver and two teenage passengers were apprehended.
Investigators said they found the car's license plate in the rear floorboard.
Following the arrest, JPSO officers interviewed all three teenagers in the presence of their mothers.
The boys gave conflicting accounts of what happened during the alleged carjacking, Normand said. However, it was established that the three suspects and a fourth teenager were driving around New Orleans in a stolen Lincoln Navigator, looking for someone to "ramshack," a street term for carjacking.
While driving around, they started to follow the victim on Palmetto Street. The driver hit the Camry in an attempt to get the victim to stop. When she stopped, one of the suspects got out of the Navigator with a gun and forced the victim to get out of her car, Normand said.
The group drove away in the two vehicles.
After the interviews, the four teenagers were taken to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Detention Center and booked on the outstanding warrants from Jefferson Parish.
Investigators are still trying to locate the Navigator and determine if a fifth person was involved in the robbery.