NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two men were arrested and charged in connection to an armed carjacking that happened in the Touro neighborhood Sunday.
Around 1:45 a.m. two male victims said they had just made it home when they were immediately approached by two men armed with a handgun.
One of the men demanded the vehicle, while the other suspect pushed one of the victims to the ground, according to the report.
The victim told police he was carrying a firearm in his hand at the time, and engaged in a physical struggle with one of the suspects.
During the struggle, the victim said he pressed his gun against the suspects stomach and fired. The suspect then fled the scene by foot towards Camp and Milan street, according to the report.
Police say during the struggle, the second suspect took the second victim's car and fled the scene.
The victims did not sustain any injuries.
At about 2:17 a.m., detectives were notified that a subject had arrived at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Officers arrived at the hospital and met with an individual later identified as Jonah Marco, who identified himself to detectives as the person who brought the gunshot victim – later identified as Andrew Spikes – to the hospital.
Detectives learned through the investigation that Spikes and Marco were together in the area of the shooting prior to the incident.
Spikes was positively identified as the suspect shot by the victim, and Marco was implicated as having driven Spikes and the second suspect to the location to allegedly commit the carjacking.
Marco was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for accessory after the fact to armed robbery with a firearm.
Spikes was also arrested and, upon release from the hospital for treatment of his injuries, was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for two counts of armed robbery with a firearm.
The second armed carjacking suspect remains at large.
Based on evidence uncovered during this investigation, detectives are also investigating the possibility of Marco, Spikes and additional suspects possibly being involved in additional armed robberies in the city. No further details are available in this ongoing investigation at this time.
Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.