Tulane robbery suspect used pellet gun, police say

Published: Oct. 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2015 at 10:35 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD Second District and Tulane University Police detectives have arrested a man in connection with the Oct. 10 armed robbery of three students on the school's campus. They said the suspect pulled off the holdup with a pellet gun.

Twenty-year-old Tre Spadoni is accused of brandishing a weapon and forcing students to withdraw money from an ATM inside the Lavin-Bernick Student Center. 

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect Wednesday. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify Spadoni as the suspect through citizen participation and Crimestoppers tips. On Thursday, detectives arrested Spadoni in the 2900 block of Orleans Avenue.

During questioning at the Second District station, police said Spadoni confessed to robbing the students. Detectives also recovered the weapon used in the crime as well as some of the clothing Spadoni was wearing when he committed the crime.

The NOPD Second District and Tulane University are in charge of the on-going investigation.

"We're still investigating that, other cases at this point," said Second District Commander Paul Noel. "If there are other cases, we will let you know."

According to our partners at | The Times-Picayune, the suspect's father said the act was one of desperation by his son, who had borrowed money "from the wrong people" in order to pay his rent. Harold Spadoni said his son had recently lost his job.

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