****UPDATE: SUSPECT APPREHENDED****
SBSO LOOKING FOR NEW ORLEANS MAN WANTED FOR STEALING A VEHICLE WITH CHILD INSIDE
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a New Orleans man wanted for stealing a vehicle with a young child inside from the parking lot of a Chalmette business, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Johnathon Perkins, 21, of the 4900 block of Lafaye Street in New Orleans, who is wanted for theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and aggravated kidnapping of a juvenile.
At approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies with the Field Operations Bureau Patrol Division responded to a call for service in reference to a 2015 white Subaru Outback bearing a Mississippi license plate and occupied by a small child being stolen from outside of a business in the 5300 block of Paris Road in Chalmette.
When deputies arrived on the scene the suspect had fled in the vehicle with the baby still inside. Deputies were able to locate the 1 year old child unharmed and in good health sitting on the side of the road on an Almonaster Boulevard overpass in New Orleans.
The vehicle also was found abandoned in New Orleans on the Desire Street overpass still running with the hazard lights flashing.
During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau obtained video surveillance of the incident and were able to identify Perkins as the suspect.
Perkins is a black male who was wearing a black shirt, an orange reflective construction vest, a gold chain and earrings at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Perkins or any other information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 or the Criminal Investigations Bureau at (504) 278-7630.
Tipsters also can call the Criminal Investigations Bureau’s tip hotline, (504) 271-TIPS or 8477, where they can leave a detailed message, and can either choose to provide their contact information or remain anonymous, or Crimestoppers GNO at (504) 822-1111, where they can remain anonymous, do not have to testify and could be eligible for a cash reward.