Two Algiers teens, including a student, were arrested Wednesday (Jan. 10) in a pair of armed carjackings last week in New Orleans East and on Algiers Point, according to Orleans Parish court records. A third teen, a 16-year-old juvenile, is also accused in the Algiers Point carjacking.
Karl Dickerson and Kevon “Cheeto” Blunt, both age 17, were both booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail with armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm. In arresting documents, Blunt’s occupation is listed as “student,” but the name of his school is not included.
In the first carjacking, a black 2016 Jeep Cherokee with black rims was stolen about 9:50 p.m. Jan. 3 in the 7700 block of Lacombe Street in New Orleans East, court documents show. The victim told investigators that two males, one armed with a pistol, took the Jeep Cherokee at gunpoint.
Police believe that three days later, the robbers used the stolen Jeep Cherokee in a second armed carjacking on Algiers Point. That carjacking occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Verret Street — and was caught on surveillance video, according to court documents.
Surveillance footage shows four males riding in the Jeep and two of the males, both armed with handguns, getting out of the Jeep and taking the victim’s black 2008 Infiniti M35 at gunpoint, court documents show. The robbers also took the victim’s house keys and credit cards.
Investigators were led to the three tens, the stolen vehicles and other stolen items after police recognized the 16-year-old sitting in the back of the Jeep during the Algiers Point carjacking.
Though the Jeep’s driver and the 16-year-old both remained inside the vehicle, the footage showed the juvenile’s face, according to court records, and police knew his name and home address.
On Monday, investigators recovered four stolen vehicles, including the Jeep and the Infiniti, from an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Southlawn Boulevard, within walking distance from the 16-year-old’s home.
The following day, a confidential source told NOPD detectives that someone matching the description of the 16-year-old had been driving around in the stolen Jeep.
NOPD Detective Matthew Riffle then obtained a search warrant for the 16-year-old’s home, where officers found the Algiers victim’s house keys in the teen’s bedroom. At that point, a juvenile judge signed an arrest warrant for the 16-year-old.
Wednesday afternoon, officers with NOPD’s TIGER unit, a task force dedicated to combatting armed robberies, found the 16-year-old at a home in the 3400 block of Catalina Drive.
Inside the home, officers saw two other teens, later identified as Dickerson and Blunt, who matched the physical descriptions of two armed males who had taken the Infiniti in Algiers Point. A resident of the home told officers that Dickerson and Blunt had stolen the Jeep Cherokee, according to court records.
During an interview with Riffle and another detective, Dickerson admitted to getting out…