Two men accused of robbing a South Carrollton Avenue gas station were located and arrested, with the stolen cash and property and the gun they used, within an hour of the holdup Saturday night, police said.
Details, via the NOPD news release:
New Orleans Police chased down and arrested two suspects within an hour of the two holding up a gas station store clerk and customers in Carrollton last night.
Victims say 18-year-old Eugene Thomas and 20-year-old Javine Bonner entered the store together in the 1400-block of South Carrollton Avenue just after 10:30pm. One of them pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The pair also took one customer’s i-Phone, and then fled the store on foot down Carrollton towards Plum Street.
Officer Jerry Devorak and Sergeant Jennifer Dupree arrived at the store minutes later, got a description of the suspects from victims, and immediately started canvassing the area. They quickly noticed two men fitting the description in the 1200-block of Monroe Street. When the suspects noticed the officers heading their way, they took off again on foot. Officer Devorak was able to secure Thomas without incident. Soon after, the officers spotted Bonner trying unsuccessfully to jump a fence on Monroe Street. They quickly took him into custody as well.
A search of the subjects led officers to find the stolen i-Phone and cash from the register. Bonner then admitted to hiding the gun under a window on the side of a home in the 1200-block of Monroe. Subsequently, the gun was recovered by police. Both men were booked with Armed Robbery.
Eugene Thomas was previously arrested for Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and has other outstanding warrants. He is currently on parole for 1st Degree Robbery until 12-29-2012.
Javine Bonner has a previous arrest for Armed Robbery.
“A quick, solid response to this crime resulted in immediate arrests. These two young men have been arrested before for armed robbery, and it’s disturbing that they apparently weren’t discouraged from doing this again”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Our officers were alerted that there were two men roaming the Carrollton area with a firearm, so they were quick to hunt them down and do what it took to get them into custody. This was exemplary police work”, Serpas said.