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.