The Village Coffee on Freret Street was robbed at gunpoint by a former employee this weekend, but she was quickly identified on video surveillance and arrested on an armed-robbery charge, police said.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, a woman with a bandana over her face walked into the coffee shop at the corner of Freret and Jefferson and drew a gun, demanding cash from the register, said Sgt. Shaun Ferguson of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes unit. The cashier gave her the money, and the woman ran outside, Ferguson said.
Detective Guy Swalm arrived at the coffee shop to buy a cup of coffee moments after the woman escaped, as witnesses were coming outside to see which way the robber went, Ferguson said. Swalm and the store owners retrieved the shop’s security videos, and the owners recognized a tattoo on the robber that identified her as 28-year-old Vivian Hutchinson, Ferguson said.
Swalm located the woman at a house in the 1900 block of Joseph Street, and when investigators searched the house, they found both the gun and the bandana from the video, Ferguson said.
Hutchinson was booked Friday afternoon on a single charge of armed robbery, according to jail records.