NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested a teenager after he tried to rob a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint, until he realized the alleged victim was an acquaintance, according to investigators.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Hayne Boulevard and Bullard Avenue in eastern New Orleans.
The victim was carrying Christmas presents when a black SUV pulled up next to her. The 15-year-old suspect allegedly got out from the passenger's side and pointed a silver handgun at the girl. He demanded she drop the bags, police said.
The victim told police that is when she recognized the teenager and told him to get back into the vehicle.
After realizing the victim knew him, the gunman ran back to the vehicle and took off, police said.
Detectives identified the suspect and went to his residence in the 7500 block of Marquis Street to find him. When they knocked on the door, Lorenzo Elliot, 17, answered and told investigators the suspect was not there.
Shortly after, the suspect surrendered to detectives and was arrested.
Elliot was also booked with accessory after the fact for attempted armed robbery after he tried to hide the 15-year-old.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the property and found items that had been stolen in a separate armed robbery reported in the east.
The investigation is ongoing.
If you know anything about this incident, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.