Criminal suspect identified

The crimes are four robberies committed Saturday April 5th:

    800 block of Short Street (Simple Robbery – No Weapon Used)
    8300 block of Zimple Street (Armed Robbery – Implied Weapon)
    Dante & Freret Street ((Simple Robbery – No Weapon Used)
    1200 block of Joseph Street (Armed Robbery)

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20’s, 5’10” – 6’0”, thin build, dark complexion, short black hair, wearing an orange or reddish colored shirt and black pants. The suspect was driving a blue convertible car with a black top. The car may have been a Toyota Solaris.

Suspect has now been identified as Joshua Despenza.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Joshua Despenza, please contact Sgt. Shaun Ferguson at 658-6024 or 658-6020. You may also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 822-1111.

Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in your neighborhood by calling 821-2222. In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Major Kirk Bouyelas

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