Brothers force suspect to strip after Gentilly armed robbery attempt
Two brothers captured a suspected armed robber after police say he and two other subjects held a woman at gunpoint on Venus Street in Gentilly.
It happened Wednesday just before 7:30 p.m. as the woman was walking into her boyfriend's house. She told police that three teens riding bikes rode up to her and pulled a gun.
"My little nephew's girlfriend came in and said somebody put a gun to her head," said one of the brothers, who FOX 8 will not identify.
The man said he and his brother decided to chase after the trio.
"Within about five to 10 seconds, my brother and I darted out the door," said the other brother. "Within those few seconds, we were scanning the street. He went down one block and I went down Venus toward Gentilly."
The brothers split up as they chased the teens. One hopped in his car and took off after one of the suspects, a 14-year-old who was running toward Franklin Avenue.
"He was on a bike and he jumped off and broke off running," one of the brothers said. "Once he broke out running, I caught up with him in a vehicle and I made him drop his pants and empty his pockets, and he had a pocket full of bullets."
"My brother wanted to make sure he didn't have a gun. He told him to get naked and the guy basically dropped his pants and the shells fell out of his pocket. Right at that point, we knew we had the right guy," the other brother said.
The New Orleans Police Department said it received the call for help at 7:34 p.m. and made it to the scene within 10 minutes, but the brothers remember it taking longer wait. During that time, they convinced the teen to snitch on his friends.
"The one guy that we did catch, we managed to hold for 28 minutes until the police got there, and we questioned him. Basically, wanted to know who the other guys were, where they lived, what ward, where they came from, what they were doing in this neighborhood."
While the brothers were able to deliver swift justice, they said it doesn't make it easier to tolerate violence so close to their front door.
"You talk about it getting close to home, and this is home for us, and it's here and it's frightening," said the wife of one of the brothers. "And when I think about what could've happened, it's just terrifying."
Now fed up with the violence, the brothers have promised to keep an eye out for anyone trying to take advantage.
"I believe in my Second Amendment right, as I told the guy on the ground," one brother said. "I will protect my property and my neighbors within the law. We're just tired of it, and I think a lot of my neighbors feel the same way."
Police booked the 14-year-old with attempted armed robbery and arrested a second suspect, but the third is still at large.
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