Five people were victimized by armed robbers in New Orleans on Monday, including a man who was stabbed in Gentilly after he refused to give up a cigarette, police said.
Two armed men approached two other men, ages 55 and 56, about 4:30 p.m. near North Derbigny and St. Philip streets in Treme, according to a police offense log. The assailants took two wallets and $52.
A handgun-toting man approached a motorist, 43, who was stopped in his vehicle at Third and Annunciation streets in the Irish Channel about 7 p.m. The robber fled with the man’s money, police said.
Then, about 8:15 p.m., a gunman walked into a phone store called No Limit Communications in the 1300 block of Odeon Avenue in Algiers. The robber ordered the owner to lie down, stole cash from his pockets and the register, and then took cellphones to boot.
Finally, police said, a man walked up to another man, 40, about 11 p.m. at Louisa Street and Almonaster Avenue in Gentilly and asked for a cigarette. When the victim said he did not have one, the other man pulled out a pocket knife and the two got into a fight, police said. The victim was stabbed several times and went to a hospital in a private vehicle.