New Orleans police officers have arrested a teenager accused of trying to steal cellphones Monday on and near Magazine Street.
Police say Robert Hughes, 18, tried to take a cellphone from 28-year-old man in the 1900 block of Magazine Street as the victim was using it on Feb. 25 about 11 a.m. When the victim resisted, police said, the assailant punched him in the face and fled the scene.
An officer found the assailant a few blocks away, on Constance near St. Andrew Street, where he was trying to take a cellphone from a 47-year-old man, the NOPD report states.
When the officer approached him, police said, he tried to take the officer’s firearm. Both fell the ground, and the assailant fled.
Hughes was later apprehended at Jackson Avenue and Constance Street.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sixth District at 504-658-6060.