NOPD detectives arrested two people last weekend believed to have committed numerous armed robberies in various neighborhoods throughout the city within a period of several hours.
On Sunday, Third District officers took into custody 42-year-old Jimmy Rogers during an attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery in the 4500-block of Chef Menteur Highway. They also arrested 43-year-old Tracy Hosler, as she’s suspected of driving the getaway car for Rogers in at least one of the armed robbery cases.
Detectives say that earlier Sunday, Rogers pulled off an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in the 900-block of Esplanade Avenue. During that event, victims said Rogers pulled out a small semi-automatic pistol, demanded their property and then jumped into a waiting sedan that was driven by a Hosler. Through interviews, officers were able to develop a description of the suspects and the car used. They also eventually gathered information to connect Rogers to yet another armed robbery that happened the same morning near the intersection of Royal and Port Streets. The victim in that case was robbed of his wallet, I-Phone and cell phone.
Later that same day, Eighth District Detective Bryan Jones spotted the alleged getaway vehicle parked outside a motel on Chef and managed to locate Hosler. Rogers was subsequently picked up further down the highway by Third District detectives, as he was trying to rob a business.
Rogers is booked with Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Attempted Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm or Weapon by a Felon, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Out of State Warrant and a Warrant.
Hosler is booked with Principal to Armed Robbery.
Rogers is also suspected of committing another armed robbery Sunday in the Uptown area. That case is still being investigated.
“Locating and apprehending these suspects can be attributed to excellent communications between our districts, as well as some great police work. All officers involved did exemplary work”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“These arrests are also the result of people in the community coming forward to help victims and assist detectives with information. More and more the people of New Orleans are recognizing that they play an important role in crime-fighting. They’re helping us succeed in finding those responsible. They’re helping us make a difference”, Serpas said.
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Contact: Remi Braden