Surveillance video shows carjacking suspect threaten victims with a rifle

Surveillance video shows carjacking suspect threaten victims with a rifle
Leroy Garrett

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Surveillance video shows a man arrested after a crime spree that started with a carjacking in Algiers and ended with gunfire in New Orleans East.

The video from a business in the 3500 block of General Meyer Avenue shows how police say 38-year-old Leroy Garrett's crime spree started. Garrett is seen running toward a red SUV with what appears to be an assault-type rifle in his hand. He speaks to the driver before jumping into the passenger's seat.

Police say for whatever reason, Garrett decided not to take the vehicle.

After his first attempt, the surveillance video shows Garrett running into a phone store in the same strip mall. A video taken by an employee inside the mobile store shows Garrett walking in with the rifle, going behind the register and then into a back room before leaving.

That's when he's seen running toward a blue Ford Explorer that had just pulled in. Officers say Garrett demanded the keys and drove off in the stolen Explorer.

Less than an hour later, police responded to a home invasion at an apartment complex in New Orleans East, where they say Garrett kicked in his pregnant ex-girlfriend's front door while armed with a rifle and handgun. Police say three people were in the apartment, including his ex-girlfriend's sister.

Officers say he fired one shot in the hallway, then kicked in the bathroom door, pointed the handgun and demanded one of the their cell phones before leaving.

An off-duty officer later arrested Garrett several blocks from the apartment.

During Garrett's first appearance in court, public defenders say Garrett is a father of two kids, and struggles with paranoia and schizophrenia, which caused his erratic behavior.

He faces ten criminal charges. His bond is set at $235,000.

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