SBPSO: More deputies on street after 2 carjackings

SBPSO: More deputies on street after 2 carjackings

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office will put more officers on the streets after two carjackings in two nights.

On Monday night, three teenagers took a man's vehicle as he arrived at his house, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.

The perpetrators implied they had a weapon, but the victim did not see it.

Before the carjacking was reported, a sheriff's deputy saw a driver in the stolen car commit a traffic infraction.

The teenagers fled in the vehicle. They eventually crashed on Pirate Drive in Chalmette. Deputies caught two teenagers, ages 14 and 16. The two others got away, but Melvin Pernell, 17, of Violet, surrendered to officers on Wednesday. Authorities are still searching for a fourth teenager.

They will be charged with carjacking and other crimes.

On Tuesday, a woman was getting out of her Cadillac Escalade when three males approached her. One of them had a gun. Two of the perpetrators got in her vehicle and drove away. The male fled in a second vehicle.

Investigators believe the victim was followed from New Orleans and targeted for her high-end vehicle.

Deputies spotted the Escalade and chased it into New Orleans. The vehicle crashed at Claiborne Avenue and Franklin Avenue, with the two men escaping on foot, the sheriff said.

No one was injured in either incident.

The sheriff would not say where either incident occurred.

"We will be putting more personnel on at night" to patrol streets and have a greater presence," Sheriff Pohlmann said. "We also encourage residents to be aware of their surroundings and if they believe they are being followed to quickly call 911 or 271-2501 to notify the Sheriff's Office."

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