NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A special NOPD task force charged with investigating a series of violent crimes citywide has cleared 30 of them and is investigating several other incidents.
Thirteen suspects have been identified; nine have been arrested.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison formed the task force in early June in response to a rash of robberies and other crimes. The task force is made up of detectives, tactical officers and members of the Special Operations Division.
Below are suspects who have been arrested in the cases. Additional arrests are expected, and the department will release names of other suspects who have been connected to incidents as the cases are cleared.
May 30, 2016 - Armed Robbery in 1600 block of Elizardi Boulevard: A male victim reported he was standing in the driveway of a home in the 1600 block of Elizardi Boulevard around 12:55 a.m. when an unknown male pulled up in a white car with two other passengers. The driver then demanded to use the victim's phone. The victim complied. When the driver of the vehicle asked for the password to the phone, the victim refused. At that point, the victim said the driver pointed a gun at him and then drove off.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify Roderick Matthews as one of the passengers in the vehicle who participated in the incident. Officers arrested Matthews on June 22 at his home in the 2300 block of Kraft Street. Detectives are still working to identify the other suspects involved as well as Matthews' possible involvement in other, similar crimes.
June 2, 2016 - Armed Robbery in 800 block of Convention Center Boulevard: A male victim reported he was walking in the 800 block of Convention Center Boulevard around 11:45 p.m. when an unknown male approached him from behind, produced a gun and demanded his money. The victim complied and the suspect ran off.
June 3, 2016 - Armed Robbery in 1800 block of Josephine Street: A male victim reported he was walking in the 1800 block of Josephine Street around 1:25 a.m. when an unknown male approached him, produced a gun and demanded his money. After a brief struggle, the victim complied. The suspect then shot the victim once in the stomach and ran off.
June 3, 2016 - Armed Robbery at St. Charles Avenue and Lee Circle: A male victim reported he was walking near the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and Lee Circle around 4:15 a.m. when he was attacked by an unknown male who demanded his money. After a brief struggle, the suspect took the victim's bag and shot the victim once in the leg and once in the torso. Another suspect joined in the fight before they both took off.
Through the course of the investigation, including analyzing DNA and ballistics evidence, detectives were able to identify Deago and Greg Moore as the suspects responsible for these incidents. Officers tracked down the pair as they were trying leave the New Orleans area on June 18. They were arrested after a vehicle stop in Eastern New Orleans and booked accordingly. The task force is investigating their involvement in similar incidents reported in the area.
June 20, 2016 - Illegal carrying of a weapon at Dauphine and Conti: Task force members were working in the French Quarter area on the ongoing armed robbery investigations when they saw a subject who fit the description of one of the wanted suspects. After a brief foot chase, officers detained the suspect, later identified as Leon Scott. It was learned Scott was in possession of a semi-automatic handgun and was on probation for armed robbery.
Officers booked Scott accordingly. The investigation is ongoing as to whether he may be involved in additional crimes.
June 28, 2016 - Armed robbery in 10000 block of Curran Boulevard: A male victim reported he was outside of the parking lot of his apartment complex in the 10000 block of Curran Boulevard around 5:40 a.m. when he was approached from behind by two unknown males. One suspect produced a gun and demanded money and the victim's car keys. The suspect with a gun jumped in the 2004 Acura and drove off while the second suspect ran toward the gates of the complex.
Later that day, NOPD officers observed three unknown males in the stolen vehicle driving near City Park. After a brief chase, the occupants of the vehicle abandoned it near Conti and North Alexander and ran off. Officers later located one of the passengers, later identified as Devante Mays. Officers booked Mays accordingly. Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify a second suspect in the incident, Darion Tatum, who is currently wanted in this incident.
June 29, 2016 - Armed Robbery in 5100 block of Frenchmen Street: A female victim reported that she was exiting her vehicle around 11:46 p.m. in the 5100 block of Frenchmen Street when she was approached by an unknown male who was wearing a wool cap over his eyes. The victim said the suspect produced a gun and demanded her car keys. The victim complied and the suspect took off in her vehicle.
Members of the task force tracked down the vehicle later that day around 2:55 p.m. and observed a subject, later identified as Nicholas Roby, approach the vehicle and set it on fire. After a brief chase, officers arrested Roby. Through the course of the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for two homes in the 2300 block of Allen Street. The search revealed various items, including a bullet proof fest, three handguns, various calibers of ammunition and clothing. During the search of the homes, officers located Devontay Jenkins, who was wanted for multiple vehicle burglaries and a shooting incident.
Detectives also located two juveniles, a 14-year-old male and a 10-year-old male, who are believed to be connected to multiple violent crimes in the area. They were both arrested. The task force is investigating their involvement in similar incidents reported in the area.
July 5, 2016 - Carjacking in 3700 block of Marigny Street: A female victim reported that she was sitting in her Jeep Patriot around 8 p.m. in the 3700 block of Marigny Street when she saw a small black car approach the front of her vehicle with two unknown black males inside. The victim said the front passenger then got out of the car and approached her door, armed with a gun. The suspect demanded the victim exit the vehicle. The victim complied and the suspect took off in her vehicle.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to connect the incident with an armed carjacking reported on July 3, 2016 around 11:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Rocheblave Street. The vehicle stolen in this incident, a black 2012 Honda Civic, was believed to be the same black vehicle used in the July 5th incident.
On July 5, 2016, around 10:58 p.m., Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies located the stolen Honda Civic in the 4600 block of the Westbank Expressway. Deputies located Ricky Terry and Dessie Marks inside. The pair were identified as one of the male suspects and the female suspect seen on surveillance video in the carjacking on North Rocheblave. Both were arrested and booked accordingly.
On July 7, 2016, Seventh District officers spotted the stolen Jeep Patriot with two unknown black males inside. After a brief chase, the two occupants jumped out of the vehicle in the 4800 block of Bundy Road. Members of the task force, with the assistance of Seventh District officers and K9 units, were able to arrest both suspects, later identified as Rashad George and Louin Whittaker.
The task force is investigating their involvement in similar incidents reported in the area.