NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested a man Thursday after they said he was involved in two armed robberies in the garden District.
Investigators arrested Derrell Hilton, 25. They said around 2:15 p.m., two male victims were sitting inside a vehicle in the 1400 block of Sixth Street when Hilton reportedly pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded money.
The Garden District Security District sent out an alert Thursday night about the incident. They reported that one of the victims in the car was an employee at Commander's Palace restaurant.
According to the NOPD, when the victims displayed their empty wallets, Hilton took their cell phones and took off toward Sixth Street.
Then, at around 2:30 p.m., police said Hilton robbed two female victims at the intersection of Second and Coliseum streets. A man who was with the two female victims, started chasing Hilton, and Hilton allegedly pointed a handgun at him. During the robbery, one of the victims was able to get the license plate number of the suspect's vehicle, which was described as a white Toyota Camry.
The Garden District Security District reported that the victims were tourists and a tour guide.
A HANO officer saw the suspect's vehicle and immediately pursued it. A second suspect, who was riding in the car with Hilton, got out of the car and started running. Hilton, who was driving, eventually crashed into a tree at the intersection of Cohn and Joliet streets. He was then seen running away from the scene. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and after a brief search, officers located Hilton near the corner of Hickory and Cambronne streets.
Officers learned that the car Hilton was driving had been reported stolen from the 3000 block of Gravier Street on Sept. 25.
Hilton is booked with possession of the stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a movable and flight from an officer. He is expected to be booked with four counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.
Police are still looking for the second suspect.