Two Broad Street businesses robbed at gunpoint

(via NOPD)

Two Broad Street businesses were robbed at gunpoint last week, according to reports from the New Orleans Police Department and the Mid-City Security District.

A man entered the AutoZone on North Broad and St. Peter Street on March 7 at about 9:20 a.m., took merchandise off the shelves, and walked to the door with the items concealed. An AutoZone employee, a 20-year-old woman, confronted him, telling him to hand over the merchandise.

He then lifted his shirt to reveal a gun tucked into his waistband before fleeing the scene in black BMW.

A Security District officer was the first on the scene.

The next day at about 6:45 a.m., the manager of the Dollar General was preparing to open the store. The door was unlocked so that other employees to enter.

A man walked in, pointed a gun at the manager and demanded cash. The manager activated a silent alarm while giving the gunman $1,650 in currency.

The robber ran out of the business and jumped on a bicycle. By that time, officers had arrived and pursued the man across the Whole Foods parking lot, where he was arrested.

The suspect, Karl Jackson, 28, remained jailed on March 14  on $107,000 bond. In addition to one count of armed robbery, Jackson faces domestic abuse battery charges. Magistrate Judge Jay Daniels ruled that Jackson not be released until he signs a restraining order.

Jackson also faces charges of animal cruelty and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sheriff’s Office records show a 2015 conviction for first-degree robbery, desecration of graves and dealing cocaine.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD First District station at 504-658-6010 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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