Masked gunmen robbed an armored car crew that was stocking an automated teller machine at an Esplanade Ridge bank at midday Sunday, New Orleans police said.
It was one of numerous armed robberies and burglaries reported in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday, continuing a spike in robberies this year and last.
As many as three suspects dressed in black approached the Brink’s crew, whose armored car was parked behind the Chase Bank branch at 1425 N. Broad St. about 11:55 a.m.
The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of money, NOPD Officer Garry Flot said.
No injuries were reported during the heist, during which the robbers fled with bags of money through residents’ backyards adjacent to the bank. “They fled through the neighborhood,” Flot said.
The bank was closed at the time. Customers continued using the drive-up facilities as police investigated the crime and canvassed the neighborhood.
A day earlier, a 35-year-old man told New Orleans police that he was abducted from a Tulane Avenue bus stop about 6 a.m. Saturday and was beaten and robbed before he was released, according to an NOPD preliminary offense log.
The victim told police that he was at a bus stop at Tulane and South Robertson Street when two men forced him into a vehicle and drove to the 9200 block of Airline Drive, where he was released.
In New Orleans East, a home in the 6000 block of Downman Road was burglarized about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A 37-year-old woman reported a friend named Allie entered her home through a window after she wouldn’t answer the door.
Allie claimed her boyfriend was at the front door, and when the victim opened it, an unknown man pushed his way inside demanding money, police said. He ransacked her home, taking cash, her purse, prescription pain medication and the cable TV box, police said.
About 4 p.m. Saturday, a Tulane University female student was sitting with friends in the Lavin-Bernick Center on campus when a man sat down with them, showed a gun and forced the woman to withdraw money from a nearby ATM.
In Gentilly, a 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man reported being robbed about 10 p.m., police said. The victims were at Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street when two males approached them from behind, brandished a gun and took their car keys, police said. The robbers fled with the vehicle.
In the St. Roch neighborhood, three people were robbed about 10:30 p.m. inside a residence in the 1300 block of Marigny Street, police said. Two women, ages 34 and 43, and a 40-year-old man reported that two unknown men with guns forced their way inside and demanded money. The victims complied, and the men fled.
In the French Quarter, a 24-year-old man was robbed about 11:30 p.m. The victim said he asked a man he didn’t know in the 900 block of Bienville Street about the location of a former jazz club. He said the man took him to an unknown location and robbed him at gunpoint.
Later, a 55-year-old man was robbed about 2 a.m. Sunday at North Rampart and St. Louis streets, police said. The man reported that two males armed with a knife approached him, demanded his wallet and fled.
The NOPD also was investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred about 2:20 a.m. in Treme. A 33-year-old woman was closing her front door in the 1200 block of North Prieur Street when a man with a hood over his head forced his way inside and demanded money, police said. During an altercation, he struck her in the head several times with a pipe, then took her wallet and fled, police said.
In Central City, meanwhile, another armed robbery occurred about 3:30 a.m. at South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A 21-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were at a gas station when two armed men demanded their property, police said. The victims complied, and the robbers fled.