NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — A teen was arrested Saturday night after police patrolling the parade route in uptown New Orleans said he was carrying a stolen gun.
About 8:15 p.m., New Orleans Police Department officers Stephen Perkins and Henry Linehan said they noticed a teenage boy who had a bulge in his waistband acting suspiciously on the neutral ground near the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and 8th Street.
Perkins and Linehan said they started following the teen, but when he realized he was being followed, he started to run.
Officers caught up with the teen, who they said tried to get rid of the gun, in the 3000 block of Carondelet Street.
Police said they found the gun, which was a 9mm with 17 live rounds.
"The officers were on top of this situation from the start. Despite the crowds, they noticed the suspect fidgeting with his waistband. And while it wasn't obvious to parade-goers that something wasn't right, his behavior stood out to these officers," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Investigators later learned that the gun was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office pistol, which they said had been stolen from a vehicle that was parked near the corner of Delachaise and Carondelet streets last month.
"This was exemplary police work, and it should be comforting to uptown residents who were able to enjoy the parade last night with their families. Our officers are looking out for their safety," Serpas said.
The 17-year-old boy was charged with concealing a firearm, juvenile in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property, NOPD said.