A New Orleans female who made headlines in 2015 for hiding a victim’s listening to aids, thieving his gun and trying to sell it again to him is in jail yet again on two counts of armed robbery, crimes committed even though her youngsters were “in shut proximity,” law enforcement say.
Cierra Ussin, 27, chatted up her hottest victim on the night of July 17, at a advantage retailer in the Behrman location of Algiers. She soon left in her automobile but pulled around, supposedly for mechanical concerns, in the 1400 block of Tita Road, police wrote in files submitted in Orleans Parish Criminal District Courtroom. The sufferer, a 40-calendar year-old girl, approached and presented assistance, at which point Ussin’s boyfriend and a good friend of his arrived, aimed guns at her and demanded her property. They took money from the target, then Ussin took her wallet, and the robbers drove off, police mentioned.
Officers obtained surveillance movie from the retail outlet and, a few days later, arrested Ussin driving the exact motor vehicle in the 1400 block of Tita. In her automobile at time of the robbery were being her 3-thirty day period-previous son and 8-year-previous daughter, law enforcement explained.
Amid a historic criminal offense surge in a 12 months when New Orleans police have arrested 122 men and women so significantly for armed theft, children are usually exposed to guns.
“There’s practically a community-dependent desensitization to guns,” claimed Julie Kaplow, a Children’s Hospital psychologist specializing in childhood trauma. “Sometimes when there is this sort of an boost in violence – if it’s the norm that people get shot and … guns get used – there may possibly not be as a lot hyper-vigilance all over building certain a gun is not in the vicinity of a younger kid.”
7 a long time ago, Ussin also had an infant kid in tow when she victimized a guy she met at a west bank bus quit: a 33-year aged taxi driver whom she slept with just before thieving his gun, personal computer tablet and $500. She also stole his listening to aids so he would not hear the theft, in accordance to her arrest report.
“You got jacked,” she texted the man later on, soon after disclosing she gave his semiautomatic pistol to her boyfriend. “Bye … take it as a shed.” [sic]
Busted at bus halt
She later available to offer back again the man’s stolen items if he met her at one more bus quit. Police intercepted Ussin and booked her with theft, extortion, possession of stolen home, theft of a gun, illegal possession of a stolen gun and illegal carrying of weapons.
Ussin pled guilty two months afterwards to amended expenses of possession of stolen house, extortion and theft valued at less than $5,000. She was sentenced to a calendar year in prison, with tips that she enroll in a GED plan, parenting classes and drug treatment method.
She now faces prices of armed theft, armed robbery with a gun, contributing to delinquency of juveniles – one of her alleged accomplices was 16 – and two counts of kid desertion. In the court docket documents, police did not reveal the desertion rates.
Her bond is set at $107,500.