Police: BR man booked in N.O. robbery

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Thursday on a robbery count after detectives called a stolen cell phone and it rang in his pocket.

A tourist in the French Quarter reported shortly after 12 a.m. Thursday that two men stole her purse, which contained her iPhone, camera and debit card, in the intersection of Burgundy and Toulouse streets, New Orleans police spokesman Officer Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release.

Detectives tracked the cell phone to a motel in the 2400 block of Tulane Avenue and found Shawndale Zeno of Baton Rouge, who matched the description of one of the robbers, Robertson said.

Detectives called the victim’s phone and it rang in Zeno’s pocket, Robertson said.

Zeno said he and two other men he knew as “Tyler” and “James” met in south Baton Rouge and drove to New Orleans to rob French Quarter tourists, Robertson said.

Zeno said “Tyler” pulled out a stun gun and took the victim’s purse, then handed it to Zeno when the trio started to run, Robertson said.

The men got separated in the aftermath and police are still searching for the other men , Robertson said.

Police booked Zeno into Central Lockup on one count of simple robbery, Robertson said.