NOPD: Teens with ankle monitors shot pizza driver
NEW ORLEANS - Police arrested two 16-year-old boys this week and accused them of shooting and killing a pizza delivery driver making his rounds through New Orleans. Police also said the teens were wearing court-ordered electronic monitors at the time of the crime.
Investigators said the teens were arrested Monday night, and that one of them was also connected to a carjacking from over the weekend.
NOPD detectives said the teens shot and killed Richard Yeager, 35, as the victim was delivering pizzas in the 2800 block of Saint Louis Street on Monday. Witnesses told police Yeager had just delivered a pizza to their home before he was shot, and police said his car was missing.
Detectives said they learned a 16-year-old wearing an electronic monitor was in the area when the shooting happened. They also found the same teen was in the area of a reported armed robbery Saturday at Newcomb Boulevard. The victim in that robbery told her three men approached her and knocked her down, stealing her purse and car. She said one of the men had a gun, and police later found her car abandoned.
Police said they found the teen with the monitor at his home with two other juveniles, who all fled from the officers. Police caught two of the teens, both of whom were wearing electronic monitors. Investigators said they later learned both of the teens were present when Yeager was shot.
"Solid police work and incredible teamwork among the First and Second Districts, Homicide Unit and Special Operations Division led to this quick arrest," said NOPD Interim Superintendent Michael Harrison. "This investigation is not over and we will continue to work around the clock until everyone involved in this senseless killing is brought to justice."
Both teenagers are charged with first degree murder. One is also charged with armed robbery for the carjacking on Saturday.