Police on Tuesday arrested two teenagers who were driving a white Jeep Patriot that had been stolen at gunpoint Monday from New Orleans East.
Members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Seventh District Investigative Unit arrested 17-year-old Richard Jones and 19-year-old Christopher Hudgins after detectives received tips from the community that the pair were driving the stolen car. The two were picked up in the 14800 Curran Boulevard, still in possession of the jeep.
On Monday, around 10:15 p.m., a 53-year-old man was carjacked in the 14500 block of Hayne Boulevard. The victim told detectives that two men armed with guns approached him and demanded the keys to his 2014 white Jeep Patriot.
The victim said he handed the suspects his keys. At that point, the pair jumped into the Jeep and drove off.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned from concerned citizens in the Little Woods Subdivision of Eastern New Orleans that the two suspects were seen driving in the Jeep. Before they were picked up on Curran Boulevard, they were seen in the 7800 block of Star Street.
Detectives believe Jones and Hudgins committed the original carjacking.
The pair were both booked into central lock-up and charged with possession of stolen property.
The Seventh District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation, which is ongoing.