Joshua Womack, 18, is charged with armed robbery and illegal possession of a stolen automobile after he was identified in a traffic stop in Gentilly, fled from police and subsequently found in a home in Hollygrove, according to a NOPD news release. The 16-year-old admitted to being the gunman in the robbery in the 8100 block of Spruce Street, and is charged with two counts of carjacking, the release states.
For details, see the full news release below:
New Orleans’ Second District Police officers have arrested a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old man for two recent carjackings that happened in Uptown neighborhoods. And officers are now investigating whether the same suspects are linked to a third.
Detectives say 18-year-old Joshua Womack and a 16-year-old male held up a woman on Monday, September 2nd as she sat in her car using her cell phone in the 5000-block of South Saratoga Street. One of the suspects held a gun to the victim and demanded she get out of her car. The other suspect then opened the passenger door, grabbed the victim’s purse and took off on foot. The gunman then drove off in the car.
On Saturday, September 7th, Third District officers pulled over a driver for traffic violations in the 2100-block of Caton Street. The driver, who turned out to be Womack, provided an officer with his Louisiana ID card, but then took off on foot as the officer walked back to his patrol car to run the information. The officer later identified the car as the one stolen from the woman on South Saratoga. Detectives then prepared an arrest warrant for Womack because he was in possession of stolen property.
On September 9th, Second District detectives and Task Force Unit officers tracked down Womack at a residence in the 3400-block of Eagle Street. He was arrested for the outstanding warrant, transported to the 2nd District station for questioning and confessed to the South Saratoga carjacking. Subsequently, he was booked with one count of Carjacking.
Detectives soon developed the 16-year-old male as the second suspect in the same carjacking, obtained a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody yesterday. While being questioned by Detective Jerry Baldwin at the Juvenile Division, the teenager confessed to taking part in the South Saratoga Street carjacking. He also admitted to being the gunman in another carjacking which happened on August 30th in the 8100-block of Spruce Street. He was then booked with two counts of Carjacking.
“These arrests can be attributed to steadfast efforts being made by our officers in the Second and Third Districts”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Our officers not only work to solve crimes in their assigned districts, but they make it a point to always be aware of incidents unfolding in all other districts. These carjackings were solved because of exemplary teamwork.”
Joshua Womack was previously arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Attempted Theft of a Vehicle.