POSTED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:34pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA — New Orleans Police arrested a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old just hours after they gunned down a local man yesterday during an armed robbery attempt. The shooting happened shortly before 3pm yesterday in the 4000-block of Baudin Street.
The teenagers walked up to 58-year-old Rafael Quintanilla, who was sitting on the front steps of his home, and the 13-year-old allegedly pointed a .380 caliber pistol at him and demanded that Quintanilla, “Give him everything”. Before Quintanilla could comply, the 13-year-old allegedly shot him in the stomach. At that point, both teenagers ran from the scene. Quintanilla was brought to a nearby hospital, where he died of his wounds last night.
First District officers located to the scene immediately, and were able to get an accurate description of the teenagers from witnesses. Within minutes, they apprehended the 15-year-old boy, who was easily recognizable because of his distinctive hairstyle: a Mohawk.
Once he was taken into custody, he told detectives that the 13-year-old (whose birthday was yesterday) was the triggerman, and that he had been arrested before, and was wearing an ankle bracelet monitored by the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office. Detectives were able to track down the teenager because of the bracelet, and picked him up in New Orleans East a short time after the shooting.
“Our First District officers got on top of this situation right after the 9-1-1 call was placed. In this case, everything quickly fell into place”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. “Officers were able to track down the first suspect within minutes of the shooting because witnesses provided accurate descriptions of both teens.”
“And Sheriff Marlon Gusman’s Office was also responsive when we needed to locate the second teenager. This was an impressive team effort, and resulted in speedy arrests”, Serpas said.