Investigators have identified a suspect in one of the first armed robberies of the wave through Uptown in May, and are seeking the public’s help finding him.
Antory J. Wooden, 25, is wanted on a charge of armed robbery in connection to a mugging that took place May 8, just off Oak Street in the Riverbend, police said this week. In that case, the occupants of a vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Leonidas were robbed at gunpoint just before midnight by a man in a black T-shirt, police said at the time.
Two more robberies at gunpoint took place followed within the hour that night, police said. About 10 minutes after the Leonidas robbery, a woman walking just a few blocks away at Oak and Dublin was robbed by a man in a white T-shirt. Then, half an hour later, another armed robbery took place in the 1300 block of Amelia in the Touro neighborhood, police said.
The robberies that weekend were the beginning of a wave of 23 robberies at gunpoint on the streets and two home-invasion robberies around Uptown in May, including a cluster of eight around the Napoleon-St.Charles intersection and others in the Carrollton, Audubon, Hollygrove and Gert Town, and Lower Garden District neighborhoods. Police have generally said that some of the muggings may have been done by the same people, but have drawn specific connections between only a few of the cases, and have not named Wooden in any other cases.
Court records at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office show Wooden pleaded guilty to several charges of simple possession of marijuana in 2007 and 2008, and last spring was sentenced to 65 days on a guilty plea to a 2008 charge of aggravated flight from an officer.
Anyone with information about the Wooden’s whereabouts should call Detective Nathan McGhee at 658-6020, to leave an anonymous tip that could result in a cash reward, call Crimestoppers at 821-2222.