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NOPD Arrests Juvenile Suspect After Seventh District Vehicle Crash, Unfounded Shooting Report

by Aaron E. Looney

December 27, 2018

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Good Police Work, Seventh District

NOPD Arrests Juvenile Suspect After Seventh District Vehicle Crash, Unfounded Shooting Report

The NOPD has arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male suspect on December 25, 2018, after the juvenile was found to have been in possession of a reported stolen vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run crash.

NOPD Seventh District officers and detectives were called to investigate a reported aggravated battery by shooting that was said to have occurred in the area of Dwyer and Downman roads. The reported victim, identified as the 14-year-old juvenile, was interviewed at his residence on Chef Menteur Highway and told police that he had reportedly suffered a gunshot graze wound to the arm. The vicitm claimed he was shot at by unknown subjects in a blue Honda Civic while he was walking near the intersection of Dwyer and Downman roads.

As the investigation progressed, officers were notified of a hit-and-run vehicle crash in the 6000 block of Boeing Street involving a vehicle matching the description given by the juvenile. The vehicle, which was also found to have been reported stolen, was discovered crashed at the scene and abandoned.

Through further investigation, officers obtained information and evidence which led them to determine that the juvenile was the alleged driver of the vehicle, and that his injury were sustained during the crash and not from a gunshot or graze wound. With of these findings, the juvenile’s claim of being shot was determined to be unfounded.

The juvenile was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Justice Center for possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and obstruction of justice.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Seventh District detectives at 504-658-6070.