A fugitive from Tennessee on an alleged robbery spree in New Orleans last weekend that ended with his capture by a Gentilly store clerk is suspected in two robbery attempts in Uptown, one on the upper end of Magazine Street and the other in the Garden District, authorities said.
Jimmy Rogers, 42, was arrested early Sunday morning after an unsuccessful robbery attempt at the Fuel Zone in the 4500 Chef Menteur Highway, police said in a news release. An alleged getaway, 43-year-old Tracy Hosler, was also arrested, police said.
Rogers’ spree may have started shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the 6000 block of Magazine Street, where he attempted to rob a woman as she was leaving the Circle K convenience store, NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson said Thursday. The victim in that case later recognized Rogers’ image in a police sketch released after subsequent robberies, and has since identified him and the vehicle he was driving, Ferguson said.
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, another robbery was reported near Camp and Ninth Streets in the Garden District. The victim was getting some belongings out of her car when someone behind her said, “Excuse me,” and she turned to see he had a gun, said NOPD Sgt. Danny Scanlan. She screamed, and he took off running to a waiting car — and the description she gave matched Rogers’ appearance, Scanlan said.
“The guy fits the description to a T,” said Lt. Frank Young,
but he has not been charged in the Garden District case because detectives are waiting to meet with the victim again with photos of Rogers in a lineup.
[Update, 1:09 p.m. Sunday: Rogers was subsequently identified by the Garden District victim and charged, police say.]
On Sunday morning, Rogers committed two other robberies, police say — one in the 900 block of Esplanade Avenue, and one near the intersection of Port and Royal Streets. His spree was finally foiled by a clerk who disarmed him and wrestled him to the ground, suffering a knife wound to the hand in the process, according to a report by Ken Daley of The Times-Picayune.
The robberies were the talk of the NOPD weekly meeting of district commanders, as detectives from four different districts — the Uptown-based Second and Sixth, the third in Gentilly and the Eighth downtown — were involved in the investigation.
“Locating and apprehending these suspects can be attributed to excellent communications between our districts, as well as some great police work. All officers involved did exemplary work,” Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement. “These arrests are also the result of people in the community coming forward to help victims and assist detectives with information. More and more the people of New Orleans are recognizing that they play an important role in crime-fighting. They’re helping us succeed in finding those responsible. They’re helping us make a difference.”