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NOPD Arrests Suspect in Armed Robbery

by Aaron E. Looney

November 9, 2017

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Armed Robbery, Fourth District, Good Police Work

NOPD Arrests Suspect in Armed Robbery

The NOPD arrested Rahkym Richardson (DOB: 08-13-1992) in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on November 6, 2017 at the intersection of Vespasian Boulevard and Cypress Acres Drive.

On the date in question, a cab driver was dispatched to the 3600 block of General Degaulle Drive to pick up a customer named “Bella”. Once at the location, the driver was instructed by “Bella” to drive to the intersection of Vespasian Boulevard and Cypress Acres Drive. When the cab reached the destination, “Bella” reportedly produced a long silver knife and demanded money from the driver. The driver complied, and the subject exited the cab and fled on foot in an unknown direction.

As investigation into the incident progressed, detectives were able to positively identify the subject as Richardson, who was reportedly dressed as a female at the time of the incident and goes by the name of “Bella” when dressed in female attire.

Upon locating the subject during a reported domestic incident, officers noticed that Richardson reportedly showed signs of a psychotic breakdown. Richardson was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Upon release from the hospital, NOPD officers arrested Richardson and booked him into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on a charge of armed robbery with a knife.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.