May 192011
 

The wave of muggings through Uptown New Orleans continued Wednesday evening when three more robberies were reported within an hour’s time, bringing the total number of holdups at gunpoint to more than a dozen in less than two weeks.

Just before 8 p.m., a woman walking on Prytania Street toward Napoleon was approached by a stranger with a dull-colored semi-automatic handgun who demanded her purse, then took it and left on foot down Marengo Street, said Lt. Mike Montalbano of the NOPD Second District investigative unit.

Less than half an hour later, a woman walking in the 1700 block of Napoleon passed a man who said, “Good evening,” then fell into step beside her, Montalbano said. The man then pressed a handgun to her face and demanded her bag, took it and left, police said.

About 15 minutes after that, a couple walking on Upperline reached the intersection with Danneel Street, where two men were waiting, Montalbano said. One of the men drew a gun from his waistband and demanded the couple’s belongings, grabbing the woman’s purse and tossing it into the street, where the second man went through it for the ATM card, Montalbano said.

Meanwhile, the gunman pushed the male victim into the bushes, and when the victim tried to rise, hit him in the face with the gun, Montalbano said.

The Prytania Street robbery was about six blocks from the Napoleon robbery, and the Upperline robbery another seven blocks after that. Based on the cases’ close proximity and the short time between them, NOPD Second District Commander Darryl Albert said they are most likely related.

“It’s going to be the same little crew,” Albert said.

In the first robbery, police got a detailed description of the suspect: a black man in his mid-to-late 20s, just over 6 feet tall and about 170 pounds, wearing all black clothing with a gold chain and a mustache. Albert said anyone in the Uptown area who might have seen him, or anyone who sees someone fitting his description, or anyone suspicious at all, should call 911 and inform police.

A total of 17 robberies have now been reported in Uptown New Orleans this month, including 13 at gunpoint in the last two weeks. Montalbano and Albert suggested Uptown residents find ways to avoid being alone outside after dark, such as letting someone at home know when you are driving up so they can make sure you get safely inside.

All the Uptown robberies reported so far in May (via NOPD).

  9 Responses to “Three more armed robberies reported in Uptown”

  1. Curious – the speed cameras can ticket all day, literally, but the crime cameras are ornamental? No images from the crime cameras for any of these events???

    • Enough with “literally” already.

      • Um, save the vocabulary lesson for some other venue.

        I live in this area I am concerned the we are not seeing an increase in police presence.

  2. We just walked that route yesterday around the same time! There is a police station not too far from there! What the hell is going on!!!

  3. Having been a victim of the Traffic camera’s I agree..why are those pictures so clear and the crime pictures a grainy mess. I am willing to pay an increase of $0.05 in taxes on anything to have more police. This is beyond disturbing.

    • I should not have to carry a handgun to be safe coming home from dinner in the evening. The local government needs to get busy and do something. I am happy to pay taxes for policemen to earn a living wage and to build a juvenile detention center in NOLA. (we don’t have one BTW) If they are incapable of providing the services we need, perhaps the local government should set a curfew and call in the state or federal government to help patrol until they can get things in order. I have been here 11 years and have never seen it this bad.

      Sherri

      Sherri

    • Oh, right. Whipping out a gun on a guy who’s already got a gun trained on you is genius. In these situations it’s always best to raise the intensity from armed robbery to a shoot out.

      • Lindsey – I was not clear about my point. I am not saying I am carrying a hand gun around. I am pointing out that a wild west situation is developing. When I mention the crime to fellow residents I have been advised to buy a gun. My point is – one should not have to resort to such measures. That is not a reasonable solution. Fortunately it appears that as of Tuesday the NOPD came up with a plan and announced what they are doing. That instills confidence in the citizenry.

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