On March 6, a man walked into the American Apparel, spent two hours shopping, then headed to the register as if to check out before pulling a handgun and taking $800 in cash and the $200 worth of clothing he had picked out, police said at the time.
Investigators subsequently received information that a man with a very similar appearance had recently robbed clothing stores in San Francisco and Denver, police said.On March 14, following an incident at a Walmart store in Las Vegas, 29-year-old Stephen Joseph Rodney was arrested on several counts of robbery and burglary by police there. Rodney gave police there a home address on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, but NOPD Detective Drew Deacon determined that he had never lived there, said Lt. Frank Young on Friday.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department declined to discuss Rodney’s arrest this week, citing “further investigative leads being conducted by detectives.”
Deacon put Rodney’s photograph in a lineup, however, and five independent witnesses from the American Apparel robbery were able to identify him, Young said. Based on those identifications, Deacon secured an warrant for Rodney’s arrest on a charge of armed robbery with a firearm, Young said.
Based on the ongoing investigations and the charges against Rodney in Las Vegas, it is unclear when Rodney will be extradited to New Orleans, Young said.