Stolen cell phone leads police to the pair who swiped it

Published: Aug. 11, 2016 at 2:09 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2016 at 2:17 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A stolen cell phone led to the capture of the men who swiped it at gunpoint Wednesday night on St. Claude Avenue.

The two armed gunmen were arrested for an armed robbery on St. Claude Avenue.

Police arrested Elbert Barnes, 18, and Richard Allen, 18, and booked them on several charges related to the robbery.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday night, officers from the Fifth District responded to a call reporting an armed robbery in the 4500 block of St. Claude Avenue. The suspects approached the victim and took at iPhone, wallet and 2001 Honda CRV.

Police were able to track the phone to the intersection of Sister Street and St. Claude Avenue and were on the way when they spotted the blue CRV heading southbound North Johnson Street at Charbonnet Street.

They tried to pull the vehicle over on a traffic stop, but the driver fled the scene, turning right on Caffin Street.

Officers trailed the CRV and other units joined the chase.

The suspect lost control of the CRV and hit a fence near the intersection of North Miro and Reynes Street.

Both Allen and Barnes jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot with one suspect brandishing a gun.

A perimeter was set up in the area and the Canine unit was deployed.

Shortly before Canine Officer Kurt Eischen and his dog Bikkel arrived on the scene, Fifth District officers Michael Lane and Alquanto Carradine saw Allen attempting to flee the perimeter on foot.

He was quickly caught behind a house in the 2000 block of Jourdan Street.

Eischen and Bikkel then positioned themselves in the 2100 block of Jourdan, and Eischen called for Barnes to surrender.

He then surrendered himself.

The victim was brought to the scene of the arrest and he positively identified both men as the ones who robbed him.

Officers found a pink and silver .38 Special revolver behind a residence in the 2100 block of Tennessee Street, directly behind the intersection of North Miro and Reynes Street where the vehicle crashed.

Both suspects were arrested at around 11:20 p.m.

Barnes is charged with: principal armed robbery with a firearm, possession of stolen property, simple criminal damage to property, and flight from an officer.

Allen is charged with: armed robbery with a firearm, possession of stolen property, illegal carrying of a firearm, simple criminal damage to property, and flight from an officer.

Anyone with further information about this case is asked to contact Fifth District detectives at 658-6050.

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