The gunman was wearing a skeleton mask, and police officers spotted the group at Carrollton and Maple shortly afterward, authorities said. One of the boys had a skeleton mask in his pocket and the weapon in his waistband, which turned out to be a BB gun, authorities said.
For details, see the full news release from the New Orleans Police Department:
New Orleans Second District officers arrested three male juveniles last night- ages 12, 13 and 14- minutes after they robbed two adults at gunpoint. The incident happened at approximately 9:30p.m. near the intersection of Oak and Broadway Streets.
The two victims were walking on Oak when a gunman, who was wearing a skeleton mask, and an accomplice jumped out in front of them and demanded money. Once the victims complied, the suspects fled on foot then unknown.
As officers were canvassing the area, they spotted 3 individuals walking on South Carrollton Avenue and Maple Street with 2 of the individuals fitting the description of the suspects. As the officers stopped the 3 males to talk to them, one of the males immediately grabbed his waistband, at which time one officer lifted the boy’s shirt and observed what appeared to be a black handgun, as well as a skeleton mask that was sticking out of his pocket. It was soon recognized that the gun was a BB gun. All three suspects were then detained.
The officers conducted a show up of the suspects at which time two of them were identified as the robbers. The third suspect was also identified as one of three males fleeing from the scene.
The officers also returned the stolen property.
All three juveniles were booked with Armed Robbery and transported to the NOPD’s Juvenile Center.
“It’s always incredibly disappointing and unfortunate when we see children this young committing crimes. In this case, I’m just grateful that our Second District officers were able to locate these kids as quickly as they did, and that no one- including these children- was hurt”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
[Note: A version of this article was posted at 10:57 a.m. Friday, and it was updated with information from the news release at 1:14 p.m.]