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Police chase nabs suspect in Algiers armed robbery, one still at-large

Published: Oct. 14, 2015 at 7:09 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A multi-parish police chase brought in one of the suspects wanted for the robbery of three skateboarders in Algiers.

According to NOPD, a collaboration between NOPD, JPSO and State Police brought in one of the suspects less than 24 hours after the robbery occurred.

Police arrested 35-year-old Willie Washington after a police chase lead them from Jefferson Parish to Orleans Parish. Washington was wanted in connection to an armed robbery that occurred on Oct. 13 in Algiers.

According to NOPD, three men were skateboarding in a vacant lot in the 4500 block of General Meyer Avenue when they were approached by two unknown black men with guns. The gunmen ordered all three victims to lie on the ground and empty their pockets. The three victims complied and the suspects fled in one of the victims' red Toyota Corolla.

NOPD officers were able to use GPS in the stolen vehicle to track the two robbers to the Lakeside Mall. JPSO officers were immediately dispatched to the mall parking lot where they found the two suspects sitting inside the stolen car. As deputies approached the suspects, the two men took off in the stolen car, starting a vehicular chase.

The chase led into Orleans Parish where both occupants bailed out of the car near the intersection of Painters and North Galvez. NOPD says officers established a perimeter and deployed K9 units into the area. Officers located Willie Washington in an alleyway in the 2500 block of North Johnson Street shortly after. Police say they also recovered a loaded .9mm pistol in a flower pot near the scene of Washington's arrest.

The second suspect is still at-large.

The three armed robbery victims identified Washington as one of the men who robbed them, but Washington refused to identify his alleged accomplice.

The victims described the second suspect as a black male in his 40s, about 6'2" tall and weighing about 180 lbs.

Police say Washington was previously convicted of armed robbery in 1998 for which he served 14 years in prison.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

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