Man fights back, shoots carjacking suspect Uptown

Jonah Marco (Source: NOPD)
Jonah Marco (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A carjacking victim refused to back down when a gunman told him to "stay put" Sunday in the 1000 block of Milan Street.

The victim said he knocked the gun out of the suspect's hand, pulled his own weapon out and shot the robber in the stomach.

"They probably figured this time of morning, we are going to just stake somebody out," said a man we're identifying only as "Benny."

Benny said he had just pulled up to his home with a friend when the gunmen caught them off guard

"I got out first," Benny said. "As I was getting out, they had some guy came from nowhere and said, 'Hey man, I want that car.' They had ski masks on."

Benny said his friend handed over the keys and then took off running for help toward the nearby Second District police station.

One gunman sped off the silver Infinity driven by Benny's friend. Benny said at that point, the second gunman came at him from the bushes. Benny, who said he has a concealed carry permit, drew his own weapon.

"He came just like that and he said, 'Don't you move,'" Benny said. "When he said that, I just pulled my coat out and I just started boom, boom, boom."

Benny said he fired four shots but didn't hit the suspect, and the two ended up on the ground.

"I hit him like that, hit the gun out of his hand," Benny said. "Some kind of way, we both tripped and we fell on the ground like this here. I had my right hand here. I did like this, boom! He stood up, 'Oh Lord, Jesus,' and he broke out and ran."

Benny said the suspect was shot in the stomach and ran down Camp street toward Magazine.

"So I ran inside and I went and got some more bullets," Benny said. "I had his gun on the ground because I took the gun from him. I ran inside and got some more bullets and came out."

When, he came outside he said police were already on the scene. About 30 minutes after it happened, 17-year-old Andrew Spikes showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Spikes was arrested and booked with two counts of armed robbery.

Police said another suspect, Jonah Marco, drove Spikes to the hospital. Police said he had also driven Spikes and the second suspect to Milan Street to commit the carjacking.

Marco is booked with accessory after the fact.

"He had the ups on me," Benny said. "I could have said, 'OK, man.' I could have just dropped my gun. It don't make no sense. A lot of people says, 'Well, he had the ups on me and I dropped my gun.' I didn't want to go like that, so, ya know, I'm like a Viking. I'm hard to go down. I came up hard."

Police said the suspect who stole the Infinity is still at large. Anyone with information about him is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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