Attempted armed robbery ends with a slap to the face

Published: Oct. 6, 2015 at 4:40 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A would-be cell phone thief walked away empty handed after the man he held up refused to turn over his phone.  Apparently, the refusal angered the gunman, who slapped the cell phone in the face before fleeing.   The New Orleans Police Department has released a composite sketch of a man they say attempted to steal a cell phone from another man at gunpoint.

The NOPD says the attempted armed robbery happened Friday around 5:20 pm in the 4200 block of St. Claude Avenue.  The victim says he was approached by an unknown teenager who demanded his cellular phone.  After the victim refused, the suspect reportedly lifted his shirt and displayed the handle of a black semi-automatic handgun.  The victim again refused.  That's when the suspect reportedly slapped the victim in the face with his open hand.   Police say the gunman then fled without the cell phone or any other stolen property.

The NOPD describes the suspect as having a dark complexion, approximately 15-years-old with a bush hairstyle tapered on the side.  He was last seen wearing a New Orleans Pelicans shirt and khaki pants.

Fifth District Detectives are investigating the incident and can be contacted at 658-6050.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest,

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