With one week left in 2015, New Orleans is on track to see a more than 200 percent increase in armed robberies and carjackings this year compared to just two years ago, one crime analyst said.
"We're looking at a little bit over a 200 percent rise from 2013 to this year. We've had more carjacking incidents this year than we've had with 2013 and 2014 combined," Jeff Asher told WWL-TV. Asher writes a crime blog for The New Orleans Advocate.
New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison said that the department is aware of the rise in armed robberies and carjackings, but that police have made progress in finding groups of juveniles accused of many of these crimes.
"It's not just one person committing one robbery. It's a number of juveniles committing multiple armed robberies. What they're doing with regard to carjackings, they're committing these carjackings and using those cars to go and commit other robberies," Harrison told WWL.
On Monday afternoon, two men were robbed at gunpoint in Uptown New Orleans, police said. Another man was robbed at gunpoint in the 4400 block of South Tonti Street that same day, WWL reported.
On Tuesday, Asher tweeted that New Orleans has seen 68 armed robberies so far in December, putting it on pace for 100 by the end of the month. If so, it would be the fifth straight month with more than 90 armed robberies reported, he said.