(February 23, 2014)- Detectives are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for an armed robbery which occurred at a business located in the 2500 block of Saint Claude Avenue.
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, at or about 5:30PM, an unknown African American male entered the business and walked behind the the counter and forced two employees into a freezer. The masked suspect then forced a third employee to open the cash register. The employee fearing that the suspect was armed handed over $400 in cash. The suspect then fled on foot out of a rear door of the business.
Surveillance cameras captured the incident. The video can be viewed on Youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvHt_ORByC0&feature=youtu.be
The suspect was described as an African American male, approximately 5’05” tall with a medium build. The suspect was wearing in a black hooded sweatshirt and plaid pajama pants.
Eighth District Detective Michael Flores is in charge of the investigation.
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.
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Officer Frank B. Robertson, III