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NOPD Releases Baseball Bat Attack Suspect Sketch

NOPD Releases Baseball Bat Attack Suspect Sketch

New Orleans Police released a computer composite sketch of one of the suspects sought in one of two baseball bat attacks on bicycle riders on Esplanade Avenue last Friday.

The sketch is thought to give a hint to who detectives believe stepped in front of the victim as he was riding his bike down Esplanade around 2:30 a.m. He's described as an 18-year-old African-American male, 6 feet tall with an athletic build, weighting 170 pounds, and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants.

The other suspect, believed to be the one who swung the bat after stepping out from behind a parked vehicle, is described as a 16-year-old or younger African-American male, between 5'5" and 5'7", around 170 pounds with a stocky build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt trimmed in grey around the hood, sleeves and center pocket and grey sweat pants.

The weapon used was a grey older aluminum bat covered in black paint.

If you have any information in the case, you're asked to call First District detectives at 504-658-6010.  If you want remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free 877-903-7867.

NOPD did not say if these suspects are also being sought in the other early morning attack on Esplanade.  In all, the two victims suffered a fractured jaw and a fractured skull.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says that if arrests are made, the suspects could face charges ranging from aggravated battery to attempted second-degree murder.  The maximum prison sentences for those offenses range from 10 years to 50 years.


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