NEW ORLEANS (TCD) -- Four teenagers were arrested and face murder charges after they allegedly carjacked a 73-year-old woman and dragged her for a block.
New Orleans Police Department officers responded to a call regarding the carjacking on the 300 block of North Scott Street on Monday, March 21, at about 1:30 p.m. Police found the victim lying on the ground "unresponsive and suffering from her arm being dismembered from her body." She was declared dead at the scene.
The suspects reportedly took off in the victim’s 2021 Nissan Kicks. WGNO-TV reports the victim is Linda Frickey.
On Tuesday, March 22, the New Orleans Police Department announced four teens — a 17-year-old male, 16-year-old female, and two 15-year-old females — were taken into custody. According to the department’s statement, the mother of one of the 15-year-olds turned her in after seeing photos on social media. The male suspect’s parents also provided information that led to the arrest of the male and one of the females. The other female suspect turned herself in to police on March 22.
The four teens were booked into the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center and each face a second-degree murder charge. According to WDSU-TV, Frickey was heading out from her job at Security Plan Insurance when the incident occurred.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said during a press conference he believes Frickey "was tangled in her seatbelt, which caused her arm to be severed from her body and dragged" during the course of the carjacking.
Ferguson said some of the suspects have been arrested before. He also said during the press conference he "absolutely" wants the suspects to be charged as adults.
Ferguson added, "Look at the nature of the crime. Look at the brazenness, in broad daylight, with no regard to this woman hanging from the vehicle."