NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A 17-year-old man who was arrested Monday after he allegedly carjacked a tow truck in New Orleans East was cornered in a backyard by a homeowner armed with a shotgun.
The suspect, Larry Pierre, faces carjacking, flight from and resisting an officer, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle and criminal trespassing.
The incident began at about 9:10 p.m. at the intersection of Boston Drive and Bunker Hill Road where the victim said he was flagged down by a male who implied that he had a gun and demanded his tow truck. The victim complied, and the suspect fled in the vehicle.
An officer responding to the scene saw the truck turn onto Crowder Boulevard. When he began following it, the tow truck picked up speed. The officer pursued the tow truck to Dinkins and Vanderkloot streets, where two suspects exited the vehicle and fled into the neighborhood.
Officers set up a perimeter, and while they were waiting for a Canine Unit to arrive, a resident armed with a shotgun went to investigate noises coming from his backyard. As the homeowner exited his rear door, the suspect stood up and placed his hands in the air. The homeowner then escorted the suspect out of his rear yard and the officers on the perimeter him into custody.
Police said the victim identified Pierre as the man who carjacked him. Detectives tried to interview Pierre, but he refused to cooperate, police said.
Detectives are working to identify the second suspect, who managed to escape.
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