NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The investigation into a crime spree widened Thursday after suspect Ryan Davis surrendered to police accompanied by his mother. Investigators in two parishes believe he could be linked to at least 20 armed robberies.
"You get out of your vehicle and think you're going to be gathering your groceries, when you get a gun stuck in your face," said Kenner Police Lt. Brian McGregor.
Kenner Police said the victims of a brazen armed robbery positively identified Davis, 15, as the gunman who held him up in his driveway last month.
"The individual exits the vehicle, walks up to him, points the gun at him and demands his keys. The individual that has the gun jumps into the vehicle and pulls off," McGregor said.
Two days earlier, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies said Davis committed an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in a parking lot in the 3700 block of Veterans Boulevard in Metairie.
"It's a crime of violence. You have an individual with a gun that could escalate at any point," McGregor said.
Earlier this week, New Orleans police connected Davis to at least six violent crimes in the city.
"It doesn't matter that he's 15," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. "He stepped up and did some grown man crimes and we're going to treat him as such. It's absolutely wrong, and he was terrorizing members of this community and we're not going to stand for it."
Investigators believe Davis' crime spree started Saturday May 28, when they say he carjacked a woman in the 4600 block of Majestic Oaks Drive. They believe he and his crew committed at least two other armed robberies later that day.
Investigators got a break in the case June 2, when they tracked down a stolen Toyota Camry with three people inside. That day, police arrested an unnamed 15-year-old, but they said Davis and another person got away.
McGregor said law enforcement across the metro area now believe Davis may be responsible for more than 20 armed robberies. He said Kenner Police want Davis charged as an adult.
"This is an individual that went out there and certainly didn't mind bringing terror and fear to our neighborhood. He had a gun in his hand, and I certainly see no problem with him being charged as an adult," McGregor said.
Davis is expected to appear in juvenile court either tomorrow or Monday.