At least two people suspected of involvement in a series of robberies around Uptown New Orleans were taken into custody Thursday afternoon during a manhunt around Second and Dryades, authorities said.
A crew of three people — two males and a female — were reportedly involved in two robberies in quick succession Thursday afternoon, one on Foucher Street near Magazine and the other in the 1200 block of St. Andrew, said NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. Police officers already patrolling the area because of Tuesday’s carjacking and shooting nearby quickly spotted the gold Chevrolet the suspects were driving around 5 p.m., and began following them, Bardy said.
The suspects tossed out stolen items including a cell phone at near Prtyania and Washington, and police were able to secure it, Bardy said. The car then had a blowout near Second and Dryades, and police quickly arrested the driver as the two passengers escaped into the block, Bardy said.
Officers then closed down the streets around the block so that the SWAT team and a police dog could search, and a second suspect was apprehended, Bardy said. Several residents of the area reported seeing a man with a gun under his shirt in the block, but that report has yet to be confirmed, Bardy said.
Both of the robberies were described as “snatch and grab”-type incidents, Bardy said. Although the Magazine and Foucher robbery is only two blocks from the site of Tuesday’s carjacking and shooting at Camp and Delachaise, Bardy said the cases do not immediately appear to be linked. Investigators will look more deeply into the suspects’ background and associations for any connections, however, Bardy said.
After the manhunt concluded around 6 p.m., Theresa Elloie sat in the shade cast by the Sportsman’s Corner bar annex on Second Street. She was inside when she heard the blowout, but her grandson was outside playing and he was “scared to death,” she said. They had to evacuate the block during the manhunt, but she said it was worth it because the suspects were apprehended.
“That’s good. I’m so glad,” she said upon hearing of the arrests. “As long as they get them.”