A man was walking home from work just before 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of Washington when he was approached by stranger who demanded his money, according to a police report. The victim ran away, yelling for help, and his attacker jumped into a silver Impala, police said.
Minutes later, members of an NOPD Sixth District Task force patrolling the Irish Channel stopped a silver Impala at Chippewa and Soraparu and saw a passenger, 20-year-old Willie McEleven, who fit the description of the robber, police said. The victim was able to identify McEleven, and he was arrested on a charge of attempted simple robbery.
If convicted on the attempted simple robbery charge, McEleven faces up to three and a half years in prison and up to $1,500 in fines, according to state statutes.