(November 15, 2013) New Orleans Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a vehicle and a trio of armed carjackers. The incident occurred Monday night just before 9:00pm, in the 2900 block of Copernicus Street in Algiers.
According to the victim, On Monday, November 11, 2013 at about 8:48 P.M., he was driving his 2002 Chrysler Minivan, when he pulled on side of the road to allow a brown Ford F150 which was tailgating him very erratically to pass. Instead of the truck passing him, the driver of the F150 pulled in front of the victim’s vehicle and blocked his path of travel. Three masked armed gunman exited the F150 and ordered the victim from the minivan. The masked gunman then proceeded to rob the victim of his wallet, cell phone and minvan.
On Thursday November 14, 2013, around 8:50am, Fourth District Officers received a complaint call in the 3100 block of Patterson Street, alerting them that the victim’s 2002 Chrysler Minivan had been badly burned.
The suspects are described as three masked African American males, wearing all dark clothing.
The first vehicle in the video is the victim’s Minivan prior to the fire. The second vehicle that follows appears to be a late model Nissan possibly a Maximum.
Fourth District Detective Jeffrey Wellborn is in charge of the investigation.
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD .
Officer Frank B. Robertson, III