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RESULTS: NOPD Makes Quick Arrest with Assistance from RTCC

by Aaron E. Looney

October 30, 2018

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Eighth District, Good Police Work

RESULTS: NOPD Makes Quick Arrest with Assistance from RTCC

On Sunday, October 28, 2018 staff at the New Orleans Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC) and members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Eighth District worked together to apprehend Demetrius Roberts (DOB 11-4-1993) a convicted felon found to be in possession of a stolen firearm on the 700 block of Iberville Street.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., a technician at the RTCC advised dispatch that a black male in the 700 block of Iberville exited a vehicle with a firearm in hand, which he concealed in his waistband. Eighth District officers and members of the French Quarter Task Force later conducted a stop of the vehicle at the intersection of Canal Boulevard and Bourbon Street.

Riding as a passenger, Roberts was found in the vehicle, a white Mercedes Benz, with the firearm in question under the passenger seat. Roberts, a convicted felon with previous convictions in Jefferson Parish for illegal possession of stolen firearms, was placed under arrest by NOPD officers and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center with illegal possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon, possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen firearm.

“This is yet another great example of how our department is able to use the tools and technologies from the Real Time Crime Center to keep people safe, and to bring criminals to justice,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. “Our ability to work closely and seamlessly with our public safety partners at the RTCC is helping the NOPD clear cases quicker and to make the streets of New Orleans safer for both residents and visitors.” 

The City of New Orleans launched the RTCC in November of 2017, as a part of a $40 million Citywide Public Safety Improvement Plan. That includes the RTCC’s state-of-the-art 24/7 crime monitoring center.