Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with a Simple Kidnapping and Theft of an Automobile. The incident occurred last night at approximately 10:27 P.M., in the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue.
The victim and his friend, who were driving two separate vehicles, pulled into a gas station parking lot in order for the victim to obtain gas for the vehicle he was driving. The victim exited the vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition and his two-year-old daughter inside, while his friend stood by in a separate vehicle parked on the opposite side of the gas pump. The victim entered the building to purchase gas when two unknown African-American males drove into the parking lot of the gas station in what appeared to be a red Chrysler PT Cruiser. The driver of the PT Cruiser then exited the vehicle and entered the victim’s vehicle, which still had its headlights and windshield wipers on, driving off with the victim’s two-year-old daughter still inside.
The front seat passenger of the PT Cruiser then exited the vehicle and re-entered into the driver’s seat and drove away following the stolen vehicle that contained the victim’s daughter.
The friend of the victim, who was still seated in a separate vehicle noticed the situation and gained the attention of his friend. They both attempted to chase down the perpetrators, but subsequently lost sight.
Shortly thereafter, at approximately 10:45pm, a Good Samaritan observed the victim’s daughter wandering on the sidewalk near the intersection of St. Louis and Treme Streets. The Good Samaritan then relocated the victim’s daughter to the 1st District Police Station where she was later reunited with her father. The child was taken to the hospital as a safety precaution.
The incident was captured on video surveillance and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdcvtya_U1E&feature=youtu.be
The stolen vehicle is described as a black 2003 Infiniti G35 bearing Louisiana License Plate XXM725 and having the vehicle identification number (VIN) of JNKCV51E73M318490. Inside the stolen vehicle was a black/gray Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 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.
Officer Hilal Williams