Girl pushed down, carjacked in CBD, New Orleans police say | Crime/Police

A 22-year-old woman was pushed down and carjacked around lunchtime Sunday in the Central Business District, New Orleans police said.

The accused carjacker, Austin Levalley, 38, was later arrested in the area.

The crime was reported to police at 12:21 pm near the intersection of Carondelet and Gravier streets (map). The woman was standing next to her running vehicle when police say Levalley pushed the woman down and got into the driver’s seat.



Austin Levalley (booking photos via Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

As the man drove away, the woman tried to stop him and he pointed a gun at her, according to preliminary information from the police.

The man then stopped the vehicle. Officers in the area saw at least some of the interaction, police said, and arrested Levalley.

Levalley was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on multiple charges, including armed robbery with a gunpoint, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting an officer, according to online jail records.

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Carlie Kollath Wells is a breaking news reporter at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune.