The boy’s name has not been released because of his age. For details of the arrest, see the NOPD news release below:
Second District officers arrested a 15-year-old gunman yesterday who admitted to pointing a gun at a woman’s head last week and then taking off in her car.
The incident happened last Wednesday just before 7pm in the 8400-block of Fig Street. The victim said she was about to get into her car when a teenager approached her, put a gun to her head and said, “Give me the keys. Don’t scream, or I’ll shoot you.” The gunman then left in the victim’s 2008 Saturn.
Two days later, the Saturn was spotted at Iberville and North Lopez Streets. Four males who were in the car fled the car at the sight of police. The car was then recovered.
Yesterday, detectives went to the corner of Fig and Cambronne Streets to follow up on a call of a suspicious person. The description of the person was similar to that of the teenager who had stolen the Saturn a week earlier. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood, describing the suspect to residents in hopes they may have seen him. Various residents told investigators they were familiar with the suspect, and were able to tell detectives where he might live. The information led detectives to the 15-year-old’s home, which was in the near vicinity. Detectives took the teen to the juvenile Bureau for questioning, and in a statement, he admitted to committing the armed robbery, and was subsequently booked with Relative to Firearm Use in a Robbery.
“Great work by our Second District team in this case. Our detectives were thorough, and left no stone unturned when trying to locate this teenager wielding a gun”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“And this is another case where residents were forthcoming with our officers to tell them what they knew, because they recognize the NOPD’s ability to track down violent criminals and make our neighborhoods safer. As always, we’re incredibly grateful for the community’s help.”