A 14-year-old waiting for a bus at the corner of Pressburg and Nighthart streets in New Orleans East was the first to fall victim during a string of armed robberies around the city on Wednesday, police said.
As the teen waited for his ride at around 6:30 a.m., an armed man approached him and demanded his cellphone before fleeing.
The Police Department’s Seventh District has recently deployed officers to guard schoolchildren waiting for buses in New Orleans East after residents complained about robberies occurring in the early morning dark.
Then at around 7:30 p.m., a 56-year-old man was approached by an armed man in the 800 block of St. Andrew Street in the Lower Garden District. He was forced to turn over his grocery-laden bike, which was later recovered.
An armed robber struck a Subway nearby in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue around 9 p.m., police said. The robber demanded money from the cash register.
Back in New Orleans East at around 11 p.m., a 42-year-old woman inside her residence in the 4200 block of Downman Road heard a man kick in her front door. He choked her, asked for money, patted her down and then fled, police said.
A 22-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman walking in the 4400 block of Read Boulevard in the East then received a rude surprise around 12:30 a.m. on Friday when a man popped out of the bushes and demanded their property, police said. The unknown suspect took the goods and fled.