Suspect arrested in brazen robbery in Marigny

Surveillance video shows robber pointing a shotgun at victim (image from NOPD)
Surveillance video shows robber pointing a shotgun at victim (image from NOPD)

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans police say they have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with a brazen armed robbery in the 1900 block of Burgundy Street in the Marigny.

Police say the teen, will also be charged in connection with two other armed robberies in the Marigny. One in the 800 block of Frenchmen Street and another in the 800 block of Touro Street.

On Saturday, a man came up behind a pedestrian walking and looking at his phone on Burgundy.  The person cocked a shotgun, pointed it at the victim's face and demanded money.

But it was the intended victim who got the upper hand. NOPD detectives say the man disarmed the gunman and then chased him away.

"After he took the shotgun away, he chased the guy down the street," says homeowner Joe Bonda, whose cameras recorded the fight.  "The guy ran right by his car, he didn't even stop to get in his car and drive away... He chased him down the street and there was another guy in the car that jumped in the driver's seat and drove off."

Bonda's cameras captured the car circling the block several times. Police say the suspects at one point pulled up to the victim offering an exchange: his stolen phone for the shotgun.

Officers say the victim instead used the gun to smash the rear windshield. The car then took off down Frenchmen to St. Claude.

"I hope they can get the license plate off of one of the cameras," says Bonda. "If the police can improve the video enough to get the number off the plate, then that would be great."

The initial robbery attempt was captured on video surveillance with remarkable clarity. You can see the video here.

Police haven't said whether the teen arrested was the gunman or the one in the car with the gunman.

Call NOPD or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 if you have any information on any of these incidents.