Police in New Orleans arrested four minors connected to a fatal carjacking that occurred Monday. Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, and two 15-year-old girls were taken into custody.
The teenagers will face charges of second-degree murder, and citizens aided officials by offering witness statements and tips via Crimestoppers, WDSU reported Tuesday.
The parents of one of the youngest teens turned their daughter over to authorities, and the parent of the 17-year-old boy did the same. Once officers located the boy, they also discovered the 16-year-old, and the second 15-year-old was located Tuesday.
Seventy-three-year-old Linda Frickey died after the carjacking occurred in the 300 block of North Scott in Mid-City. According to officials, the suspects took the woman’s vehicle and drove away, with neighbors saying she was partially caught in the seatbelt.
In a social media post, WDSU’s Shay O’Connor shared images of Frickey with her loved ones:
Family members say 73-year-old Linda Frickey was leaving her office at a nearby insurance company when she was carjacked…
Posted by Shay O'Connor WDSU on Monday, March 21, 2022
“Frickey was dragged more than a block before being dislodged from the car, her arm severed during the incident. Neighbors helplessly tried to stop the vehicle,” The WDSU report said.
People in the Mid-City neighborhood heard screams coming from Frickey, according to WCNC.
“I tried to call 911,” noted Todd Ecker who saw what happened. “Unfortunately, the phone rang for 4 minutes and 45 seconds before I hung up.” He added that another person finally got an answer, but it reportedly took several minutes for paramedics to arrive at the scene.
The paramedics eventually pronounced the woman dead.
“It was one of the most grotesque, surreal, horrific things I’ve ever seen. Complete reckless abandonment, no regard for human life,” Ecker said of what happened.
In a social media post on Monday, the New Orleans Police Department released photos of the four suspects:
NOPD Homicide Unit detectives are seeking to identify and locate the four pictured suspects in the investigation of a…
Posted by New Orleans Police Department on Monday, March 21, 2022
Meanwhile, Frickey’s sister, Jenny Griffin, described her as a kind person who will be deeply missed by those who knew her.
“It is disgusting. When is it going to stop? That is what they target? Old ladies. It is cowardly. It’s evil. The parents need to be held accountable,” stated Griffin.
According to her relatives, Frickey was married and had children.
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