Nathaniel “Li’l Brother” Jones, 19, is charged with attempted murder and attempted armed robbery, and police officials credit members of the Freret community with giving them the information they needed to identify him.
For details, see the NOPD news release below:
Second District Police arrested the suspected gunman today who shot an Uptown restaurant manager during a botched armed robbery attempt two days ago.
Officers say 19-year-old Nathaniel “Li’l Brother” Jones entered through the back door of the restaurant in the 5000-block of Freret Street on Monday morning at around 10. He was wearing a bandana over his face and carrying a handgun. Jones tried unsuccessfully to rob the business, wound up shooting the restaurant manager in his left shoulder, and finally took off empty-handed.
The victim was treated for his wound at a nearby hospital and released.
With the help of residents, detectives collected enough information to develop Jones as the suspected gunman. Jones’ picture was also fingered as the suspect in a photographic line-up.
Officers apprehended Jones in Kenner today and later relocated him to Central Lock-Up, where he was booked with Attempted Murder and Attempted Armed Robbery.
Jones had previously been arrested for Gun Possession, Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and Flight from an Officer.
“Our Second District officers did tireless work on this case, knowing that someone who didn’t hesitate to fire his gun on an innocent victim was still roaming the streets, possibly looking to rob other businesses”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“A great contributing factor to solving this case: the incredible support and information provided by members of the community who assisted our officers in identifying the gunman. This combined effort made an arrest in this case inevitable. When residents work with our officers, we all win.”