The incident unfolded while Williams was escorting his 78-year-old mother to his vehicle. Two suspects approached the pair, brandishing a firearm and demanded the DA's car.
The suspects forcibly commandeered the vehicle and fled the scene. They subsequently abandoned the car at an undisclosed location and carjacked another young woman in the vicinity just half an hour later, as confirmed by the NOPD.
Despite the harrowing encounter, both Williams and his mother emerged unharmed from the ordeal. Keith Lampkin, a spokesperson for the DA's office, expressed gratitude for the NOPD's prompt response to the incident, stating that they appreciate the force's dedication to addressing crime victims.
Hours later, a suspect was apprehended.
Court records identified the suspect as 18-year-old Raymond Rochon III who was officially booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
As per details from an arrest warrant affidavit, detectives effectively employed license plate reader data to trace a stolen blue pickup truck employed by the culprits in the carjacking of Williams and, subsequently, in another carjacking of a woman merely 25 minutes later.
The tracking of the stolen truck led detectives to a New Orleans East neighborhood.
The purloined vehicle was placed under surveillance for a duration of nine hours until detectives observed three Black males departing in the vehicle, according to the warrant.
Rochon was identified as the driver of the truck, which was driven to the 7600 block of Brevard Avenue in the Little Woods area. Upon the arrest of Rochon in this vicinity, law enforcement personnel discovered a loaded firearm concealed in his front waistband.
The suspect has been charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of illegal possession of a stolen auto, illegal carry of weapons, motor vehicle theft and illegal possession of a stolen auto with a value of $15,000 or less.
The document reveals that Rochon was apprehended on "several outstanding warrants."
On Wednesday afternoon, Rochon's bond was set at $120,000. His defense attorney, Michael Kennedy, who had recently represented Costco carjacker Tyrese Harris throughout his federal court guilty plea, anticipates that Rochon will face additional charges in the coming days.
The NOPD did not explain why Rochon was not charged with carjacking or armed robbery. Additionally, there has been no information provided regarding the other two individuals who were accompanying Rochon in the stolen truck, including whether they have been apprehended, identified as minors, or designated as accomplices.
Williams assumed his role in 2020, benefiting from a $220,000 donation from George Soros to the Louisiana Justice and Public Safety PAC, which ran campaigns opposing his opponent, according to the Capital Research Center. He campaigned on a platform centered around social justice reform, vowing to explore "alternatives to incarceration" for certain offenders and overhaul the "ineffective and unfair money bail system."
In a statement on his campaign website in 2020, Williams underscored the necessity of confronting racism within the nation's legal system and eradicating remnants of white supremacy from institutional frameworks and practices.
His mission was to bring substantive change to the Orleans Parish DA's Office to attain genuine justice for crime victims and individuals ensnared in the criminal justice system.
In 2021, Williams opted not to prosecute 65 percent of all criminal cases in New Orleans. However, as crime rates in the city surged, he gradually began pursuing more cases, prosecuting an average of only 44 percent of individuals charged by the police.
New Orleans was labeled the "murder capital of the United States" in 2022, and violent crime was identified as the primary cause of death among the city's children that year. Auto thefts in the area escalated by 104 percent since 2022, with total crime surging by 8 percent since the year's commencement, according to police data. (Related: New Orleans is now the MURDER capital of America.)
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