French Quarter shoe shine turns into armed robbery

NEW ORLEANS – A man walking in the French Quarter was robbed by an armed man who first attempted to clean his shoes.

The 21-year-old man and his female friend were walking through the intersection of Decatur and Conti Streets just after 3:30 p.m. on April 4 when an unidentified man approached the pair, according to the NOPD.

The man initially shined one of the man’s shoes before asking for $20.

The victim refused, and the suspect raised his shirt to reveal a handgun.

The victim handed over the $20, and the armed man fled on foot, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with information on the pictured subject or this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at (504) 658-6080.