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, walked up to a woman in the 300 block of Bourbon Street about 2:45 a.m., suggested he had a gun and asked for money, police said. The woman ran away, and so did Smith, empty-handed.
Two blocks 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 in a series of recent Uptown hold-ups. On May 26, they said, he 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 can cost more than $100 apiece.
Smith was booked on a count of attempted armed robbery and two counts of armed robbery.