New Orleans Police arrested 17-year-old Keith Williams, in connection with a string of robberies that occurred last night in the Lower Garden District area between 11:30 P.M. and midnight.
At approximately 11:15 P.M., the first victim was walking in the 1600 block of Clio Street when he observed three unknown African-American males. After walking past the first subject, the second subject attempted to punch the victim with his fist, but missed at which time the third subject struck the victim in his shoulder with an unknown object. As the victim was demanded to turn over his cell phone, the victim struck one of the subjects and fled home where he then called the police.
Moments later, the second victim was walking in the 1200 block of Camp Street when she was approached by three unknown African-American males. One of the subjects punched the victim in her chest and forcefully took her cell phone from her hand while another subject struck the victim with what appeared to be a baseball bat. All three subjects subsequently fled the area with the victim’s cell phone. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment at that time.
Shortly thereafter, the third victim was walking through the park in the 1600 block of Coliseum Street when he was approached by two unknown African-American males. A third subject then approached from the rear and struck the victim causing him to fall to the ground. As one of the subjects demanded the victim’s cell phone, another subject struck him in the forehead with a baseball bat. All three subjects then fled the scene before they were able to take any of the victim’s property. Witnesses in the area were able to give chase after the fleeing subjects by foot and in a car where one witness was able to give the NOPD dispatcher updates of his locations.
Keith Williams was subsequently apprehended by police in a parking lot in the 500 block of Saint Joseph Street. The baseball bat used during the robberies was also recovered and Williams was positively identified as one of the subjects who took part in all three incidents.
The victim in this latest incident was transported to the hospital where he was listed in serious condition.
Williams was booked with one count of Armed Robbery and two counts of Attempted Armed Robbery.
Detectives are in the process of identifying and locating the two additional subjects.
If anyone has information of the three African-American males that were seen in the area last night, carrying a bat, wearing a "sniper-hat", aka "fisherman hat", or "boonie", and wearing a red or grey shirt with other "camo" attire, please call Crimestoppers.
Citizens with information that can help solve these crimes are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.
Officer Hilal Williams