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Teenage robbers armed with stun gun shock victim, steal her property
Kenner authorities say four teenagers distracted a woman, shocked her with a stun gun and then robbed her while pointing a pistol at her chest. The woman suffered two burn marks on her right side from the stun gun, according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police.
The robbery occurred Friday (Sept. 6) about 9:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Helena Street in Kenner. The victim, a 23-year-old woman, was getting out of her vehicle when a 13-year-old boy approached and asked for a cigarette lighter, McGregor said.
The woman refused, noting the teen's tender age. But an older boy, later identified as Joshua Martin, 18, of 2644 English Colony Drive, LaPlace, stepped up and told the woman the lighter was for him. The woman agreed to light Martin's cigarette, but apparently didn't notice the boys' two companions approaching from nearby.
An unidentified 16-year-old girl reached out and shocked the victim with a stun gun, the arrest report said. Martin then pulled out a pistol, pointed it at the woman's chest and demanded money.
The woman angrily told Martin she had no money, only the bag of groceries and she had just purchased from a store, McGregor said. Martin snatched the bag and took off southbound, down Helena Street, the report said. The other teens ran north towards Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
The woman contacted Kenner Police, who searched the area for the teens. Officers found Martin about on a nearby canal bank in the 2600 block of Albany Street in Kenner, the report said. He confessed to his role in the hold-up and took officers to stolen property and the pistol, which turned out to be a realistic-looking Airsoft pellet gun, the arrest report said.
Martin identified Kendreka Patterson, 17, of 825 27th St., Kenner, as one of his accomplices, but told investigators she was not the person who wielded the stun gun, the arrest report said. Officers arrested Patterson at her residence on Saturday.
During questioning, Patterson placed herself at the scene of the crime but said she was innocent because she stood back as the robbery took place, according to the arrest report.
McGregor said officers also arrested the 13-year-old boy and the 16-year-old girl who shocked the victim. Both are from Kenner, but their names are not being released because they are juveniles.
Police booked all four teens. The 16-year-old girl was booked with aggravated battery while the rest were booked with being principals to aggravated battery, McGregor said.
Officers additionally booked Martin with misrepresentation during booking because he initially lied to investigators and said his name was Joshua Dennis, an arrest report said. Martin was still being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna Monday on a $200,500 bond. Patterson's bond was set at $200,000.