New Orleans Sixth District detectives tracked down and arrested one gunman and two others less than 2 hours after the men held a Garden District couple at gunpoint and took several of their belongings, including two handguns.
Officers, with the assistance of some Jefferson Parish deputies, picked up 20-year-old Luis Guevara, 23-year-old Kevin Aguilar and 22-year-old Orlyn Izaguirre at about 7:25 last night as the three exited their getaway car in the 3300-block of Edenborn Avenue.
Detectives say that at about 6pm last night, Guevara rang the doorbell of the victims’ home in the 1300-block of Sixth Street and asked if he could speak to “Bryan.” The male victim told him that no one by that named lived there. A few minutes later, the doorbell rang again. This time, the female victim answered the door, and Guevara, Izaguirre and Aguilar all forced their way inside the house. Aguilar was armed with a handgun.
The men forced the victims into an office area, tied their hands with dog leashes they had found in the house and made the victims face the wall while one of the suspects rummaged through the couple’s belongings.
Once the suspects had gathered some valuables- including two handguns, several I-Phones and I-Pads, and hundreds of dollars in cash, they took off from the house in an unknown direction.
The victims quickly untied themselves and called NOPD. Officers Justin Brown and Sandra Contreras were on the scene within a few minutes. As soon as they learned that I-Pads and I-Phones had been stolen, they immediately started the process of tracking the devices.
Detectives were able to pinpoint the men’s locations through one of the devices, and caught up with them as they were getting out of a black Mustang on Edenborn Avenue in Metairie. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified as soon as Sixth District officers recognized that the suspects had driven outside of New Orleans. Several JP plain-clothed deputies assisted in making these arrests. Later last night, the victims were able to identify the men as the suspects who had robbed them at gunpoint. Also, during questioning at the Sixth District Station, Izaguirre and Guevara confessed to the robbery. All three men were booked with 2 counts of Armed Robbery.
“No one should ever have to experience being held at gunpoint, especially not while they’re in the comfort of their own home. My sympathies go out to this couple”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“I’m very grateful that Sixth District Officers Justin Brown and Sandra Contreras wasted no time in getting to the victims and immediately started the tracing process that led to speedy arrests. Detectives said Jefferson Parish deputies were quick to help, so- as always- their assistance is greatly appreciated”, Serpas said.
Officers found some of the victims’ belongings, including one of the stolen guns, in a duffle bag near a dumpster on Edenborn Avenue. A search warrant was obtained today to look through the suspects’ car to possibly find more of the victims’ property.
Information learned indicates that one of the suspects had possibly done repair work in the victims’ home in the past.
Kevin Aguilar has previously been arrested for a traffic violation in Jefferson Parish.
Orlyn Izaguirre has also been arrested previously for a traffic violation. Luis Guevara was arrested last year for Domestic Disturbance.
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Contact: Remi Braden