Police: Suspects use baby to rob victim in New Orleans hotel

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 16:08:45-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans police are looking for two robbery suspects who they say used a baby and a fake health problem to distract a victim in a French Quarter hotel elevator.

WWL-TV reports that the victim was on the elevator with a woman and man holding an infant on June 14 when the robbery occurred. Police say the man with the baby pretended to have a health issue and leaned on the victim, then took his wallet from his pocket.

A surveillance camera in the elevator captured the robbery on video.

The robber returned the wallet to the hotel's front desk, but with $400 in cash missing.

Police say the suspects will be charged with simple robbery and cruelty to a juvenile.