Two armed robbery suspects were quickly apprehended by Second District officers this morning (Mar.31).
At approximately 2:39 a.m., NOPD Second District Officers John Castelin and Justin Orlansky responded to a call in the 8300 block of Oleander Street. The caller told dispatchers that her friend was being robbed by an unknown black male with dreadlocks.
Upon arrival, officers observed a black male, later identified as Angelo Holmes (DOB: 5/22/96), and a juvenile standing over another male inside of an apartment. When the two perpetrators fled the victim’s residence, officers intercepted the pair and ordered Holmes and the juvenile to the ground. Both suspects complied and were arrested.
The victim told officers that he was inside of his residence when his acquaintances Holmes and the juvenile came to his apartment. He said that upon entering the residence, the juvenile pulled out a kitchen knife and Holmes produced a handgun. Holmes then struck the victim in the head with the firearm and both perpetrators began to beat the victim with chairs as they demanded money from him. He said Holmes grabbed the victim’s debit card and the two suspects fled the location.
The juvenile was found to be in possession of a brown handled knife and Holmes had the victim’s debit card, however no firearm was recovered. The victim was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening wounds.
If you have any information about this incident please contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.
In Louisiana, an armed robbery conviction requires the offender to be imprisoned at hard labor for 10 – 99 years, without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. When a firearm is used in the commission of the crime, the offender will be imprisoned for an additional 5 years that will be served consecutively to the original sentence.