NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Video surveillance from neighbors nearby shows how three men walked down Kings Drive in Chalmette when they seem to spot a car parked in the driveway.
While the man in yellow runs towards the car, the other two keep walking. The car backs down the drive and the woman tumbles as the car reverses. Then, she tries to run after it frantically waving her arms.
Another camera angle shows how the two men from before crossing into view and then the car, with the passenger door still open blows past the stop sign.
The woman runs into frame and tries for minutes to flag down a car for help still waving her arms for help when a mail truck finally stops.
A third angle shows the car driving off with the passenger door still open.
The thing that’s disturbing is this young guy is willing to commit this kind of crime particularly during the day particularly with a pregnant woman these things add up it doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t know if this guy realized how serious this crime was.
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann says deputies located the abandoned car a few blocks away with the two children still inside.
Through surveillance video and investigation, Pohlmann says they identified the man responsible as 18-year-old Dedric Hurst and put out a warrant for his arrest.
He turned himself in one day later. “We were aggressively searching for him along with our state and federal partner,” Pohlmann said.
Hurst faces two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of carjacking.
Pohlmann says he doesn’t even believe Hurst knew how serious the crimes were at the time but says no one should have to live in fear in their own homes. “I just hope others learn from this not only victims but young men perpetrating those types of crimes are going to get caught up for this type of crime,” Pohlmann said. “I don’t know what else to tell this lady she’s in her own driveway she shouldn’t have to worry about criminals perpetrating this kind of crime.”
St. Bernard Sheriff’s Deputies say a suspected carjacker who they say stole a vehicle with two children inside and struck their pregnant mother is now in custody.
Dedric Hurst,18, of Chalmette turned himself into the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Friday.
Around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, investigators say the mother was unloading groceries in the 3500 block of Kings Drive in Chalmette while her two children were still inside of the vehicle. Hurst jumped into the vehicle and fled from the home with the children inside.
As Hurst fled the scene, he struck the mother who is seven months pregnant.
Sheriff James Pohlmann says deputies quickly located the vehicle abandoned a few blocks away with the children inside.
The mother was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
Hurst was identified as a suspect through video surveillance and information from eyewitnesses.
He will be booked with two counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of carjacking.