Two suspects arrested in separate strings of 15 business robberies in January

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Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Two men arrested arrested this week separately account for 15 armed robberies at local businesses over the last month — including one man who appears to have primarily targeted eight Subway restaurants around the city, and another who hit an array of seven businesses along the South Claiborne-South Carrollton corridors, New Orleans police said.

Reginald Wilson, 46, is charged with eight separate armed robberies of Subway restaurants starting Dec. 29, according to a NOPD news release. Two of those charges stem from robberies at the store in the 2700 block of South Claiborne Avenue, while the others took place on Franklin Avenue, North Broad, City Park Avenue and on South Claiborne in the Central Business District.

“In all eight of the armed robberies, Wilson was armed or implied that he had a gun and demanded cash,” the release states. “After the cashiers complied, the suspect fled on foot.”

After Wilson was identified by New Orleans police detectives, he was arrested on the robbery warrants Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Franklinton, the release states. An anonymous tip alerted Franklinton police to Wilson’s presence there, and when officers spotted him, he briefly “evaded contact” until being taken into custody, according to The Daily News of Bogalusa.

Wilson was subsequently brought back to New Orleans, the NOPD release states. He remained in jail Friday morning without bond on a parole violation, jail records show.

Sidney Williams, 31, is charged with seven armed robberies at area businesses — four on South Carrollton, and three on South Claiborne — over the same period this past month, according to a separate NOPD news release:

The armed robberies took place in the month of January 2015, including:

  • January 4, 2015 at the Rally’s located in the 3200 block of South Carrollton Avenue
  • January 9, 2015 at the Popeye’s located in the 4200 block of South Claiborne Avenue
  • January 15, 2015 at the Wendy’s located in the 3100 block of South Carrollton Avenue
  • January 15, 2015 at the Burger King located in the 2400 block of South Carrollton Avenue
  • January 17, 2015 at the Shell located in the 3100 block of South Carrollton Avenue.
  • January 19, 2015 at the Dollar General located in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue
  • January 22, 2015 at the Wendy’s located in the 4200 block of South Claiborne Avenue

In all seven of the Armed Robberies, the suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded cash. After the cashiers complied, the suspect fled the location. Surveillance video shows the suspect using the same gun and was attired in the same clothes for all the robberies and fleeing on a bicycle.

Through the course of the investigation detectives were able to identify Sidney Williams as the suspect.

On January 22, 2015, detectives learned that Williams was living at a home in the 2900 block of General Taylor Street and went to the location. When detectives arrived and made contact with a person at the location, Williams attempted to escape through the back door of the location and was apprehended and arrested by members of SOD.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the location and found the clothing, a gun that was reported stolen from Colorado and the bicycle that Williams used in the Armed Robberies.

Williams remains in the Orleans Parish jail without bond, the release states.

4 thoughts on “Two suspects arrested in separate strings of 15 business robberies in January

  1. Great work by the NOPD….now I want to know what happens next?? And after they serve their 2-4 years in jail….

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