NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD on Monday arrested a man in connection with three separate attacks on a woman and two girls. In two of the cases, the victims say they were sexually assaulted.
Felton Robinson, 48, is jailed at Orleans Parish Prison on three counts of armed robbery, two counts of attempted first-degree rape, and one count each of aggravated assault, attempted second-degree kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping. He is also being held on a warrant out of Texas in connection with a fatal hit and run.
The arrest comes after police said a girl was robbed Thursday and the suspect tried to drag her away near Third and Magnolia streets.
Investigators believe the same suspect pulled a gun on a woman at Loyola Avenue and Franklin Court on Friday, took her cell phone, then sexually assaulted her in an alley.
Police said the suspect grabbed another girl two hours later in the 2300 block of Freret Street and sexually assaulted her in an alley.
While actively searching for a suspect in the area of the assaults, officers saw a man who fit the description given by the victims. As officers tried to speak to him near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Magnolia Street, he fled toward St. Andrew Street. The officers eventually caught him at the intersection of St. Andrew and Clara streets and found handcuffs and a bandanna on him. In retracing his footsteps, officers also found a BB gun modeled to look like a handgun at the intersection of St. Andrew and Magnolia streets.
After identifying the suspect as Robinson, police learned he was wanted in Texas for a hit-and-run crash involving a fatality. Robinson was then placed under arrest for this outstanding warrant and brought in for questioning. Robinson has been previously convicted on charges including attempted first-degree murder, simple robbery, purse snatching and simple burglary.
After speaking to members of the NOPD Special Victims Section Child Abuse unit, police said Robinson confessed to his involvement in the incidents.