The 12-year old boy who was wanted in a connection with a shooting in Broadmoor last month was arrested this week after crashing a stolen vehicle he was driving, New Orleans police said.
The 12-year-old was wanted on an aggravated-battery charge for allegedly shooting a 17-year-old following an argument May 22 in the 3200 block of General Taylor, police have said. He was located late in Monday afternoon (June 9) on the 3400 block of S. Claiborne Avenue, said NOPD Sgt. John O’Brien at the Second District police weekly meeting of ranking officers Wednesday.
Citing child-privacy laws, officers did not discuss the suspect by name Wednesday. In departmental news releases last month, however, the suspect in that shooting was named as 12-year-old Wardell Young, described as “armed and dangerous” as police sought to find him.
Police have previously said that the boy’s family was trying to help bring him into custody, and on Monday, police his mother called police to say that he had been seen in Central City, O’Brien said. Officers spotted him in a red vehicle near Amelia Street and South Claiborne Avenue, but he fled on foot across South Claiborne once spotted, O’Brien said. When they caught up and arrested him, officers found marijuana in his waistband, O’Brien said.
The vehicle the boy fled from was involved in a hit and run and had been reported stolen earlier in the day from the 2600 block of Valence Street, O’Brien said. The boy was taken to the hospital for treatment after the crash, and after being released, he was taken to the juvenile division lockup, police said..
Charges against the boy now include aggravated battery by shooting, auto theft, hit and run, possession of marijuana, said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel. During the meeting, Noel commended his officers for their work on the boy’s arrest.
“These guys did great work on this,” Noel said.