Eighth District detectives have arrested the man they believe held numerous people at gunpoint in the French Quarter over the last several days, and made off with their cash.
Officers say that 20-year-old Terrell Tucker pulled off a total of five armed robberies between April 17th and April 20th. At the end of his spree, Tucker had stolen cash from eight people in all. He had struck in the 900-block of Dumaine Street, the 700-block of Governor Nicholls, the 900-block of Saint Ann and twice on Burgundy.
Victims helped Detective Michael Flores construct a computerized sketch of the gunman, which was released to the public. Within a couple of days, detectives noticed a man who closely resembled the sketch, and who was behaving suspiciously in the area where the armed robberies had occurred. His clothing also matched descriptions given by the armed robbery victims.
Detectives subsequently arrested Terrell Tucker on an unrelated outstanding warrant and took him to Central Lock-Up for booking. Photographic line-ups were swiftly prepared, and victims positively identified Tucker as the man who robbed them at gunpoint. Tucker was then booked with five counts of Armed Robbery.
Tucker was previously arrested for Resisting and Obstruction, Battery and Disturbing the Peace.
“Arresting a serial armed robber who was preying on people in the French Quarter was a top priority for Eighth District detectives. They were determined to get him before his robberies escalated to possible shootings…and they delivered”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Our officers’ investigation was focused and immediate, and because of them, the Quarter is a safer place today”.
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Contact: Remi Braden