Six people were robbed at gunpoint in a series of incidents in New Orleans stretching from Saturday through Monday — and in an odd twist, one man was actually stripped of his shorts.
Around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, police said, a 28-year-old man was approached in the 7000 block of Bunker Hill Road in New Orleans East by a gun-toting suspect. Aside from his shorts, the man was forced to hand over his cellphone and cash.
Then at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, a man with a handgun walked into the Metro PCS store at 1891 Rousseau Street near the old St. Thomas housing development. A cashier was forced to hand over money from the register as well as several cellphones, police said.
A 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy fell victim to another armed robbery around 6 p.m. in Hollygrove on Sunday. Police said they were approached by a man armed with a semi-automatic weapon near the corner of Pritchard Place and Monroe Street who stole some of their property.
Finally police said two more men, ages 38 and 19, were approached by two other men who asked for a cigarette in the 6300 block of Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East around 5 a.m. on Monday. The obliging victims went into their room to find a light, police said, and they were rewarded by being told to lie on the floor at the point of a semi-automatic weapon. Police said the victims lost their wallets, car keys, $2,480 in cash and a 2008 Ford Expedition.