A dozen robberies – many involving weapons – were reported on Saturday and early Sunday in New Orleans, according to police.
There were an astonishing 12 armed robberies and carjackings in New Orleans in the last 24 hours. That's the most in a day since Jan 2, 2012— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) May 29, 2016
The New Orleans Police Department reported the following robberies and carjackings in a preliminary offense log early Sunday:
--Around 7:45 p.m. Saturday, two women, ages 21 and 22, were sitting in a vehicle in the 2600 block of Cupid Street when an unknown vehicle “doubled back to their location,” police said. The driver of the second vehicle exited and demanded the keys from the two victims. The suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle, followed by the vehicle he had exited.
--Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old woman was sitting in her vehicle in the 4600 block of Majestic Oaks Drive when two armed men in a black sedan pulled in front of her and ordered her from the vehicle, police said. The victim complied.
--Around 11:35 p.m. Saturday, a 30-year-old woman was approached by four to six teenagers as she was entering her vehicle in the 3000 block of North Rampart Street. The teenagers hit her, pushed her and pulled her out of her car before taking off in it.
--Shortly after 1:15 a.m. Sunday, a 45-year-old man was riding his bike near Frenchmen and Royal streets when he was approached by an armed man. The suspect demanded the victim’s property, “but the victim did not have anything to take,” police said. The suspect fled the scene.
--About 10 minutes later, at 1:24 a.m., a 33-year-old man was walking near Dauphine and Mandeville streets when a man approached him from behind. The suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the man’s property, police said.
--Just before 2 a.m., four women, all 18 and 19 years old, were in the 2900 block of Freret Street when they were approached from behind by a vehicle with two men. One man, armed with a gun, exited the vehicle and demanded the victim’s property and vehicle, police said. The victims complied, and the two suspects fled in different directions, police said.
--Around 2:15 a.m., a man entered a business in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the register, police said. The victim, a 26-year-old man, complied, and the suspect fled. The same business reported a second armed robbery with similar circumstances just hours later, around 4:10 a.m., police said.
--Just before 2:30 a.m., two armed suspects entered a residence in the 6400 block of Franklin Avenue, both armed with guns. A woman fled the location, while the suspects beat a 25-year-old man inside and attempted to hold him hostage, police said. The man escaped, and the suspects fled the location.
--Around 3:20 a.m., a 29-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were sitting on a patio in the 3700 block of Banks Street when a black sedan pulled up and a man armed with a semi-automatic weapon demanded their property, police said. The victims complied, and the suspect fled.
--Around 3:20 a.m., a 30-year-old man was inside his vehicle in the 3400 block of Rue Parc Fontaine when a suspect entered the vehicle and demanded the victim’s property, police said. The victim exited the vehicle, and a second suspect pulled out a gun and went through the victim’s pockets, police said. The suspects fled on foot with a third man.
--Shortly after 3:30 a.m., three men, ages 25, 26 and one unknown, and a 34-year-old woman were in the 2500 block of St. Philip Street when three men exited a vehicle and demanded money, police said. The victims threw $100 on the ground, and the suspects fled.
--Around 4:30 a.m., a 46-year-old man was inside his vehicle near Frenchmen and Chartres streets when an armed suspect demanded money, police said. The victim followed the suspects for 20 minutes before they allegedly shot at him three times, police said.