|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|NOPD ARRESTS FOUR MEN IN CONNECTION WITH MULTIPLE UPTOWN ROBBERIES|
|NEW ORLEANS, LA – The NOPD has arrested 17-year-old Morris Smith, 18-year-old Taman Martin, 19-year-old Darrell Quinn, and 20-year-old Tevin Quinn in connection with a series of robberies and an attempted robbery in the Uptown area.
On December 22, 2014, at approximately 8:55 p.m., a 45-year-old male was walking on Henry Clay Avenue approaching Coliseum Street when he was approached by two suspects, one armed with a gun. One of the suspects struck the victim in the neck before demanding his property. After the victim gave the suspects his wallet and phone, the suspects ordered the victim to lie on the ground. The victim was then searched by the suspects and found to be in possession of a concealed firearm. The suspects subsequently took the firearm out of the victim’s holster and fled the area.
On January 4, 2015, the following incidents occurred:
At approximately 6:11 p.m., in the 5100 block of Camp Street, a 28-year-old male was walking to his residence when two suspects exited a vehicle. One of the suspects, armed with a gun, demanded the victim’s wallet at which time the victim complied. Both suspects subsequently fled in a 2007 Toyota 4Runner.
At approximately 6:24 p.m., in the 7000 block of Camp Street, a 53-year-old female and 56-year-old male were unloading groceries from their vehicle when they were approached by three suspects armed with guns. The suspects began demanding the victims’ property at which time they grabbed the female victim’s phone from her hands and took the male victim’s wallet and cell phone. The suspects proceeded to reach into the male victim’s pockets attempting to take pocket change while one of the suspects searched inside the vehicle. The suspects subsequently fled with the victims’ property in an unknown vehicle.
At approximately 6:45 p.m., in the 5100 block of Willow Street, a 62-year-old female was walking with groceries when three suspects approached and demanded her property. The victim became scared and began to flee at which time the suspects pushed her to the ground. After the victim started to scream, the suspects became startled and fled in a Toyota 4Runner.
At approximately 7:00 p.m., in the 2100 block of Fern Street, a 31-year-old male was walking to his residence when two suspects exited a vehicle. One of the suspects, armed with a gun, demanded that the victim get on the ground. The victim complied, at which time the suspects removed the victim’s phone and wallet from his rear pants pocket. The suspects fled in a Toyota 4Runner.
Based on the close proximity of the robberies and similar descriptions given of the vehicle used, members of the Special Operations Division, Second District and Sixth District officers immediately began patrolling the area in search of the vehicle, later identified as a grey 2007 Toyota 4Runner. Shortly thereafter, officers located a vehicle near South Claiborne and Louisiana Avenues matching the description. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued ending at Loyola Avenue and Jena Street. The four suspects fled from the vehicle on foot into the neighborhood. Two of the suspects were observed carrying handguns as they fled. A perimeter was established in the immediate area and all suspects were apprehended with the assistance of a K-9 unit.
Detectives were able to recover the firearm taken during the December 22 robbery. The firearm was located in the same area where Martin was apprehended.
All four suspects were arrested and booked with multiple counts of Armed Robbery and one count of Attempted Simple Robbery for the incidents that occurred on January 4. Martin and T. Quinn were additionally booked with Armed Robbery, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Things for the December 22 robbery. A second gun was also recovered from the scene.
Further investigation revealed the 2007 Toyota 4Runner was stolen on December 17, 2014, in the 1200 block of Joseph Street.
Detectives are in the process of determining the suspects’ involvement in other area robberies.
The Second District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-6020.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Officer Hilal B. Williams