NOPD’s Eighth and Seventh District detectives tracked down a 17-year-old, an 18-year-old and their two 15-year-old accomplices early this morning after the group allegedly went on an armed-robbery spree, pulling off two robberies in Bywater, one in the Marigny and one in the lower French Quarter. The teens are also suspected in several other recent hold-ups in other parts of New Orleans.
Just before 4 this morning, Eighth District Detectives Willie Jenkins and Steve Nolan were called to meet with victims of an armed robbery that happened in the 1500-block of Pauger Street. The victims gave good, detailed descriptions of the robbers and their getaway vehicle, which was a black Toyota Tacoma. The detectives were aware that the descriptions of the robbers and the vehicle matched those described by other armed robbery victims earlier in the night. Those other armed robberies took place in the 700-block of Marigny, the 3000-block of Chartres Street, and on Dauphine Street near Clouet.
After some preliminary investigation, detectives learned that robbers in the Chartres Street stick-up went to a convenience type store in the 7900-block of Chef Menteur Highway, where they sold one victim’s I-Phone. Officers later went to the shop, recovered the phone and informed the shop’s employees that the teens had sold them a stolen phone.
While interviewing victims of the Pauger Street robbery this morning, Detective Nolan learned that one victim had his I-Phone stolen in the incident. While the interview was progressing, an employee at the shop on Chef Highway called police to say the teens who sold them the Chartres Street victim’s I-Phone had returned to try to sell them a second I-Phone. While Detectives Nolan and Jenkins started heading back to the shop, assisting 7th District officers got to the shop first, and quickly detained three of the suspects. One other suspect took off running, but was soon apprehended.
Those booked in the Pauger Street armed robbery were 17-year-old Anthony McClendon, who was in possession of the gun used, 18-year-old John Jerome and two 15-year-olds.
The getaway car used in the robberies was at the location on Chef. A run of the license plate showed it was a stolen vehicle. NOPD Crime Lab Technician T. Cook was able to recover several latent fingerprints from the vehicle. Inside the car were a loaded .40 Caliber gun, a gun magazine with 8 additional bullets and one victim’s I-Phone and cash. Two victims identified the gun as the one that was used during their robbery. Fifth District Officers will handle stolen vehicle charges, since the car was stolen from that district.
At this time, the 4 teens are booked in the Pauger Street armed robbery. Bookings in the other armed robberies will be determined after more investigation.
“It’s so impressive to hear about the outstanding work being done by NOPD officers while most of New Orleans is asleep. Detectives Jenkins and Nolan did exemplary work on this, which ensured a speedy arrest of these armed suspects.
And Seventh District officers were quick to make the apprehension on Chef”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“The victims in these cases gave detailed descriptions of the gunmen, which helped the cases tremendously. And we very much appreciate the store employees on Chef who called NOPD when the alleged robbers returned. Community assistance was invaluable in making these arrests.”
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Contact: Remi Braden