Apr 21, 2009 - St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two men only minutes after they carjacked a vehicle from a couple near Paris Road in Chalmette on Sunday night, April 19, and in the process also recovered a vehicle carjacked in Metairie some two hours earlier, St. Bernard Parish Chief Sheriff’s Deputy James Pohlmann said
Pohlmann complimented arresting officers on great reaction to the emergency call that came immediately after the incident, saying the Sheriff’s Office has long prided itself on quick response time to emergencies. “We hope this sends a message to criminal elements who want to prey on St. Bernard residents,’’ Pohlmann said. And it was a bonus that the arrests resulted in the recovery of another vehicle carjacked in Metairie the same night, Pohlmann said.
Jefferson Parish authorities said both men will also be booked with two carjackings that took place in Metairie, including the one in which one of the cars stolen there was recovered with the St. Bernard Parish arrests.
Santana Percy, 19, of Port Allen, and Jeremy Price, 18, of New Orleans, were in a Ford Crown Victoria stolen at 8:10 p.m. from a man in Metairie when they allegedly used it to carjack a Toyota Corolla in the 2800 block of Buffon Street near Paris Road in Chalmette about 10:30 p.m. on April 19, Pohlmann said.
Both are booked with carjacking, armed robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and flight from an officer. Percy, who allegedly used the gun in the in the Chalmette incident, is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bond set at $450,000, while Price is jailed in lieu of $300,000 bond.
“We’re glad to see how bonds set on these individuals,’’ Pohlmann said.
The suspects blocked a couple leaving their Chalmette driveway and took their Toyotas vehicle at gunpoint, Pohlmann said. The couple later said it was Percy who pointed the gun at them and demanded money and drove off in their car, with the man’s wallet inside.
The couple wasn’t injured.
Pohlmann said only minutes after the victims called the Sheriff’s Office, deputies spotted both the Crown Victoria and Toyota vehicles coming out of a side street onto Paris Road and tried to stop them.
Both stolen cars were driven into the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on Paris Road and as deputies approached, the two stolen cars split ways.
Percy, driving the Corolla, was in the drive-through lane but jumped the curb once deputies turned on the sirens, Pohlmann said. He made it back on Paris Road, heading north toward New Orleans, but tried turning onto a cross street, Genie Street, but lost control and hit a fire hydrant, causing the car to flip on its side.
Percy climbed out and tried running away, eventually fighting with deputies but was pepper-sprayed, and taken to University Hospital for treatment of his injuries in the accident, then brought to jail in St. Bernard.
The Toyota that was stolen was damaged in the accident. Inside the vehicle, a gun allegedly used in the carjacking as well as the wallet of one victim was recovered.
Also, the other suspect, Price, parked the Crown Victoria in the fast-food restaurant parking lot and went inside, pretending to fill out a job application on a computer, Pohlmann said.
When deputies saw the wanted Crown Victoria parked, they went inside the restaurant which was closed but hadn’t locked up, Pohlmann said.
Price was the only person in the restaurant other than workers and he said he had walked there to fill out a job application. Deputies told him he was being detained on suspicion of the carjacking, Pohlmann said.
The restaurant manager told deputies Price walked in and sat at the job application computer but appeared nervous and kept looking out the window at the crash scene just up the street.
When deputies viewed the security camera videotape in the restaurant Price was seen entering a bathroom, Pohlmann said.
Deputies found a set of car keys in a bathroom trash can and Price was arrested.
When the recovered car keys were used to open the Crown Victoria, a business card was found bearing a number which deputies called, Pohlmann said. The man who answered, informed that sheriff’s deputies had found the car, told them it was a car from the business where he was employed and said the vehicle was carjacked from him in Metairie about 8 p.m. the same night.
Jefferson Parish sheriff’s officials confirmed a carjacking happened on Dorrington Boulevard in Metairie.
On Tuesday, April 21, Jefferson Sheriff Newell Normand said Price and Percy, interviewed by Jefferson detectives after their arrests in St. Bernard, will be booked with two counts of armed robbery and carjacking for incidents over the previous weekend in Metairie, including the one involving the car recovered in the St. Bernard arrests.
One Metairie carjacking happened Saturday night, April 18, in the 1300 block of Sigur Avenue and the other on Sunday night, April 19 in the 200 block of Dorrington. No one was reported injured.