|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
| SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BRIEF CHASE IN NEW ORLEANS EAST
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The NOPD has arrested 17-year-old Lawrence Simmons in connection with an auto theft. The incident occurred on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, in the 6900 block of Bunker Hill Road.
Around 5:30 p.m., a 35-year-old male mechanic told officers he was working on a 2007 orange Hummer in front of his residence when he went into his home for a brief moment leaving the keys in the ignition. Moments later, he walked outside and noticed the Hummer backing out of the driveway. The mechanic followed the hummer in his vehicle, but lost sight of it near the intersection of Morrison Road and Crowder Boulevard.
Around 9:30 p.m., officers were able to locate the Hummer from its LoJack tracking device near Bullard and Interstate 10. When officers activated the lights and sirens, the Hummer sped off westbound on the interstate. After a brief vehicle pursuit, the Hummer stopped in the 6700 block of West Laverne Drive where the driver and passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. Shortly thereafter, the driver, identified as Simmons, was apprehended in the 6700 block of Dorian Street while the passenger remains at large. During the foot pursuit, the front passenger was observed discarding a loaded pistol.
Simmons was booked into Central Lock-up and charged with Auto Theft, Resisting Arrest and several traffic offenses.
Officer Frank B. Robertson, III