On Monday, August 1, 2022, Arsenio Aaron Wells, 32, of New Orleans, Louisiana pled guilty as charged prior to his trial for crimes he committed in Slidell, Louisiana in December of 2021 and was adjudicated as a habitual offender.
According to court documents, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, Slidell Police responded to a carjacking at a Slidell gas station.
Officers received a description of the vehicle, the license plate number, and a description of the suspect.
The victim stated that he was starting to pump gas when he was approached by a black male who asked him for the time and then pointed a gun at him and told him to step away from the car.
The victim complied and the suspect, later identified as Wells, got into the driver’s seat and sped away, getting on I-10 and heading toward New Orleans.
Wells fled on I-10 in the victim’s Nissan Altima but was reportedly spotted by officers fueling up in the stolen vehicle at a gas station on Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East near I-10.
Wells fled from the officer and led police on a dangerous, high-speed chase that ended with Wells crashing the stolen car. Wells then fled from officers on foot but was apprehended after a brief search of the area.
On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Wells was sentenced by District Judge Scott Gardner to 55 years in prison for armed robbery, 40 years for carjacking, and 20 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently with each other for a total of 55 years in prison without the benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Wells was previously convicted on three counts of attempted armed robbery in New Orleans.