Jul 292014
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Rico Thompson (via opcso.org)

Rico Thompson (via opcso.org)

After two men forced a group of six people into a Dryades Street home Monday night — beating one victim and robbing several of them — one of the suspects was arrested two hours later, New Orleans police said.

A group of five men and a woman, all in their mid-20s, were standing outside a home in the 4800 block of Dryades Street (near Upperline Street) around 11:15 p.m. Monday (July 28) when two men approached, according to the initial NOPD report. The group was forced inside the home, where the attackers “committed a battery” on one of the men, took several items including cell phones, and then left, the report states.

The investigation took Second District detectives to the 6300 block of Kuebel Street in New Orleans East, where they identified and arrested 27-year-old Rico Thompson as one of the assailants, the report states. Thompson is charged with six counts of armed robbery, as police continue to investigate the identity of the other suspect, the report states.

“The quick and immediate response, as well as the dedication to the citizens of this community by the men and women of the Second District, led to the apprehension of this armed robbery suspect in less than two hours after the incident,” according to the NOPD news release about the incident.

Anyone with information that could help identify the second suspect is urged to contact the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective or to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

  2 Responses to “Suspect arrested hours after robbery of six people on Dryades Street”

  1. I live in this area. Is it just me or have robberies and battery gone way up in this area over the past few months?

  2. Freret is thought of as a safe neighborhood because of the presence of the private patrol – however, anywhere in New Orleans it’s not really safe and being vigilante wherever you go or live is necessary. This is yet another reminder.

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