Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Feb. 20) secured the conviction of an armed robber who held up two Waffle House restaurants in New Orleans East in the span of 18 minutes last October.
Hao Luu, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with the heists. Under terms of a plea agreement, the state did not file a multiple bill against the triple-felony
offender and Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson imposed a prison sentence of 20 years.
At 4:51 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2018, Luu displayed a gun in his waistband to rob the Waffle House in the 5800 block of Read Boulevard. At 5:09 a.m., he again displayed a gun under his jacket to demand cash from the manager of the West Lake Forest Waffle House in the 11900 block of North Service Rd. New Orleans police officers arrested Luu as he reached his car outside that eatery.
The NOPD said it determined the semi-automatic handgun Luu was carrying to be stolen. As part of his plea agreement, Luu also pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and to illegal possession of a stolen firearm.
“Armed robbery continues to be one of the most serious crimes we deal with in New Orleans,” Cannizzaro said. “When a gun is being used to facilitate a robbery, things can escalate in a second into a situation where someone is gravely injured or loses their life. We are fortunate this defendant was caught before putting more lives in jeopardy.”
Assistant District Attorney Darius Greene prosecuted the case.
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