NOPD arrests 4 juveniles after chase, teens accused of armed robbery spree and shooting one person
“Who gave them a gun? How did they get a gun?” one neighbor asked. “New Orleans is a place at risk right now.”
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - NOPD arrested four juvenile suspects accused of two armed robberies, one involving a shooting, following a police chase that ended in a New Orleans East neighborhood.
Officers say they chased a stolen car to the 4800 block of Cerise Avenue Wednesday afternoon where the suspects were arrested. The NOPD says that the juveniles in that stolen car committed an armed robbery at the intersection of Cornet and Venus Streets.
Police say 40 minutes later, the suspects committed another armed robbery that escalated to the shooting of a man in the leg on Piety Street. The man was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
One woman, who lives near the intersection of Cornet and Venus Streets in Gentilly, said a contractor she hired to conduct a home inspection was held up at gunpoint.
“This happened at 10 o’clock in the day, bright day,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
She said the man was standing outside his car when he was approached by two juveniles, who demanded money and keys to his car. Surveillance video shows the juveniles driving off in the man’s car.
“He called me on the phone [saying] ‘I’ve just been robbed!’” she said. “He said they wasn’t any older than 11 or 13 years old. They came up there and said, ‘Give me your keys and your money.’”
She said the incident has frightened her and her neighbors, but she’s just glad the contractor wasn’t injured.
“Every neighborhood, no matter where you are, you’re at risk. I’m just concerned about being here in New Orleans,” she said. “I don’t think they should ever get out of jail until they learn to respect people and their property.”
“New Orleans is a place at risk right now.”
The suspects will be booked in relation to the two armed robberies are being investigated for several crimes over the past few days.
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