On Thursday night and Friday morning, five armed robberies occurred in various corners of New Orleans. Some of the victims were businesses and some were individuals, but all of the incidents involved guns.
The first incident occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday when a man with a gun entered the Subway sandwich restaurant at 1153 N. Broad Street and ordered the cashier not to scream, according to police. He told the cashier to put the money from the register in a bag. The cashier complied and the robber fled.
The same Subway was robbed on Jan. 13, and police are looking for a suspect in connection to both incidents, along with another Subway robbery on Jan. 11 in the 2700 block of South Claiborne Avenue. At about the same time as the first incident, four men pounced on a victim at Elk Place and Canal. One of the men pointed a handgun at the victim, 20, and the crew made off with his wallet, cellphone and backpack, according to police.
An hour later, a cashier at the Burger King in the 2400 block of South Carrolton had his back to the counter when a customer said, “open the cash register.” The cashier turned, and saw a gun pointed at his head, according to police. When the cashier couldn’t open the register, the robber fled on his bicycle.
In the Lower Garden District at about 11 p.m. a 68-year-old man was taking items out of his car’s trunk at 2017 Laurel Street when a man came up from behind and according to police records said, “Don’t say anything.” The victim turned around, and the robber flashed a gun in his waistband. The man took money and medication from the victim and fled.
Finally, at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1800 block of Columbus Street, two men came up to a 32-year-old man, and one of the men pointed a gun at his head, while the other man pilfered his pockets and took his belongings. The men then fled the area, according to police.