Botched Bourbon Street robbery gets alleged serial thief arrested _lowres


Earnest Smith didn’t get far from the scene of a botched early morning armed robbery in the French Quarter on Monday before two cops collared him, police said.

Smith, 28, allegedly walked up to a woman in the 300 block of Bourbon Street around 2:45 a.m. suggesting he had a gun and asked for money. Police say the woman ran away and so did Smith, empty-handed.

Two blocks upriver toward Canal Street, officers Chris Davis and Bryan Borders found a man who fit the description of the armed robber that had just gone out over the radio. The victim was asked whether Smith fit the bill, and she said he did.

Police also booked Smith for a series of Uptown hold-ups that happened last month. On May 26, he allegedly walked into a Subway location in the 1300 block of South Carrollton Avenue, pointed a gun at a cashier, and forced her to hand over a drawer-full of money. Four days later, police said, he entered the Sally Beauty Mart in the 700 block of South Carrollton Avenue with a shotgun and pulled a similar move. This time he also asked for Brazilian hair extension packs, which generally carry no serial numbers and can cost more than $100 apiece.

Smith was booked on a count of attempted armed robbery and two counts of armed robbery. Detectives are looking into whether he may have committed other similar crimes.