Two people are impersonating police officers in order to rob motorists in New Orleans, the NOPD announced today.
According to a release on the department's website, officers are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the unidentified pictured subjects who committed armed robbery by impersonating a police officer on December 7, 2020.
At around 11:45 p.m., the men used police style red and blue lights in the front windshield and grille to perform a traffic stop on a victim near Louisa and Stephen Girard, police say.
One man exited the passenger side of the vehicle wearing a face mask similar to ones worn by NOPD officers (with a badge patch on front), and a jacket similar to police neoprene jackets with the patch on the left chest, police say.
The man reportedly asked the victim for his license, insurance, and if he had any firearms in the vehicle. The victim gave the suspect his green Taurus handgun. The subject also referred to the firearm as a “91G”. The subject informed the victim that he was going to check the serial number of the gun, but when he reentered the pictured vehicle it fled the area at a high rate of speed still in possession of the victim’s gun.
A similar incident was reported approximately 30 minutes later.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the pictured vehicle or the subjects is asked to contact Third District detectives at 504-658-6030 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP. Citizens may also email information to NOPDTIPS@nola.gov.
Here are the pictures of the suspects and the vehicle they were using, provided by NOPD: