NOPD tracks down violent French Quarter armed robber by victim’s stolen iPhone

NOPD tracks down violent French Quarter armed robber by victim’s stolen iPhone

POSTED: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 8:04pm

Members of the New Orleans Police Department’s Eighth District Violent Crimes Unit booked 31-year-old Julius Dyson this morning with Armed Robbery which occurred in the 900 block of Ursulines Avenue hours earlier.

On Thursday, April 30, 2012 at about 12:41 a.m., the victim was walking in the 900 block of Ursulines Avenue, when an unknown black male “Out of now where” produced a chrome semi-automatic pistol and stated “Give me all of it”. The victim complied and handed over his wallet, iPhone and $50.00 cash. The victim stated he ran for safety to the 800 block of Esplanade Avenue and notified the police.

Police say, the victim’s iPhone had a built in tracking system and that’s how they were able to track down Dyson.

Eighth District Detectives conducted an on scene show up of Julius Dyson, where the victim positively identified Dyson as the robber.

Dyson is currently being held at Central Lockup for One Count of Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and One count of Possession of Stolen Things. Dyson is from Folsom Louisiana has one previous arrest in New Orleans for Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at

Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.

An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.

Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.

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