March 27, 2012
New Orleans Police Department’s Public Information Office
Suspect Sought For Simple Robbery
Luis Diaz, 37 is wanted for a Simple Robbery that occurred February 27, 2012 at Elio’s Wine Warehouse,6215 Miro Street/>.
Diaz entered the business and attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 bill. The manager checked the bill and advised Diaz that the bill was counterfeit and that he was notifying the police. While the manager was on the phone, Diaz grabbed the phone from the manager's hand and fled the business with the phone. A witness followed the subject as he fled to an awaiting white vehicle being driven by an unknown woman. A brief struggle ensued however Diaz managed to enter the vehicle. The witness was dragged by the get away vehicle and in fear for the witness's safety the manager fired several gunshots at the vehicle's tires and engine in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The witness fell from the vehicle and Diaz and the woman fled the scene in the white vehicle.
The witness was treated and released for minor injuries.
Detective Jerry Baldwin conducted a follow-up investigation and positively identified Luis Diaz as the person responsible for the incident and obtained an Arrest Warrant for Simple Robbery.
Detectives are still working to identify the woman driver.
Citizens with information that can help locate Luis Diaz or the woman driver of the vehicle is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
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Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
Officer Garry Flot
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