New Orleans Police are searching for a man accused of luring a victim into an alleyway, forcing his head into the ground and stealing his money and phone.
The victim told police he was standing at the intersection of Poydras and South Roman streets attempting to contact a ride around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when an unknown black male approached the victim and told him that his ride had arrived. The victim followed the subject to an unknown alleyway near the intersection and observed a vehicle, but could not remember the color, make or model, police said.
The suspect grabbed the victim from behind and pushed him to the ground, pressing the victim’s head to the ground and taking the victim’s cell phone and money before driving away, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male standing about 6’0” and weighing about 200 pounds with a dark complexion and short buzz-cut hairstyle. He was also described as wearing a red shirt and dark pants, police said.
Surveillance footage captured three hours later shows an unknown black male allegedly using a debit card reported stolen in the simple robbery incident to make fraudulent purchases. The suspect left the store driving a silver or tan Chevrolet/GMC SUV bearing Texas license plates, police said.
Anyone with information that can help police to identify or locate this individual or information on the simple robbery is asked to contact First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.