Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (March 13) secured a guilty plea in connection with an August 2018 armed robbery of a woman with a toddler in the Willow Brook section of New Orleans East.
Ortiz Dixon, 17, pleaded guilty as charged to one count of armed robbery. Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson accepted the plea to a crime of violence and sentenced Dixon to the minimum 10 years in state prison at hard labor, without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Armed robbery in Louisiana is punishable by 10 to 99 years upon conviction.
According to New Orleans police investigators, Dixon and co-defendant Mairon Avila each brandished handguns as they approached a 40-year-old woman and her 69-year-old aunt who were taking luggage out of a vehicle in the 4800 block of Gilbert Street
around noon on Aug. 16, 2018. They robbed the women of a cellphone and their vehicle, stopping only to let the younger victim take her 2-year-old daughter out of her car seat in the back of the vehicle before speeding away.
The teens were arrested within hours, having been seen acting suspiciously in abandoning the stolen Subaru Tribeca SUV and purchasing different colored shirts they hurriedly changed into at a nearby corner store.
Avila, who turns 18 next week, was deemed incompetent to stand trial last Dec. 11.
Dixon’s co-defendant continues to receive treatment and will face a separate trial once his competency is found to be restored by the judge.
Assistant District Attorneys Darius Greene and Ted Knatt prosecuted the case.
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