Jun 052011
 

Map of robberies since May reported within a mile of Sunday morning's report at Marengo and Perrier (shown by the red marker in the center). (via NOPD.com)

Another armed robbery was reported early Sunday morning in an area of Uptown that has been plagued by holdups over the last month, though investigators are having difficulty following up with the victims, they said.

The victims were at the intersection of Marengo and Perrier around 3:15 a.m. Sunday, when they were approached by a gun-wielding stranger with a red bandana over his face who said, “Give me everything,” the victims told police. When they handed over their valuables, the gunman said “Have a nice day!” and left on foot, the victims told police.

The suspect was described as a thin black man wearing a tan shirt, black pants, a baseball cap, police said.

Officers with the Second District have had difficulty making contact with the victims since the incident either by phone or by knocking at their front door, police said.

At least 10 armed robberies have been reported within a mile of that intersection in the last month, including one just a block away on May 18, according to NOPD crime maps.

Commander Darryl Albert urged residents to be mindful of their surroundings at all hours.

  13 Responses to “Early-morning armed robbery reported”

  1. I posted this about a week ago, and I’ll post it again: Shouldn’t they be putting up signs in our neighborhood saying, “A crime occurred here,” so that residents are even more aware? I personally haven’t noticed an increase in police presence, but I’m glad to read it’s happening.

    Uptown Messenger, can you ask the police WHY there’s no warnings in our neighborhood? I find this ludicrous.

  2. Jennifer — thank you for suggestion re signage – excellent.

  3. A guy with a red bandana over his face robbed me at gun point near Rock n Bowl last August. He was on a bike, though… and said “Gimme your purse, b****, or I’ll shoot you.”

  4. I love the mayor, but the police chief is really not impressing:
    * First in history to enforce insane noise ordinances against street musicians, shutting them down on Canal St., Frenchmen, Bourbon…
    * Crazy speeding camera (25 MPH on Henry Clay??!??!?). Most of the revenue going to a company out West who own the cameras.
    * His son and godson/driver making a killing on the cameras
    * More armed robberies in the last 30 days in Uptown than all last year
    * City wide crime rate holding steady a year after he starts
    * suburban vision for the city, more in tune with Kenner or St Tammany than the city of New Orleans
    * Constant traffic stops (very UN-New Orleans!), with no clear crime rate benefit, but a major harassment to law abiding people
    * Taking cops AWAY from crime fighting to do all the above harassment of citizens
    The list of problems are endless. The mayor needs to realize the police chief is a liability to the city, and will soon become one to him politically.

    I hope things change for the better. I want Serpas to do well. But I just don’t think his vision is a good fit for this city, tough and challenging as it is. Just because he is smarter and more articulate than Reilly isn’t enough. We need more. This city is thriving in almost every metric, but the crime can ruin all of the progress. Uptown is a culturally and economically key spot and to see it so lawless, going on THIRTY DAYS, with the police unable or unwilling to help, is very disconcerting.

  5. Great idea, Jennifer. My house was broken into in broad daylight this Thursday. Luckily, I was at work. I’m going to look into ordering signs, and I’m happy to be the first to post one in my yard! I work to hard to have some punks just come take from me and violate my personal space.

    We need to make some noise here in order to make a difference! If I order the signs, will someone help me put them in the appropriate areas?

    • What the hell? I thought the “patrols were up” and yet this happened in broad daylight on Napolean. I’m glad I have a dog and gun. You come into my house, I have the right to shoot you, and I will. If the cops aren’t going to protect us, then we’ll have to do it ourselves.

  6. This is ridiculous! I live in the area of this robbery (and the other ones). I missed being right there for the previous Marengo/Prytania robbery by maybe 20 minutes. It was 7pm! It could have happened to anyone.

    These thugs are robbing people with such ease that it is like taking candy from a baby. They know they aren’t getting caught, so this is not going to stop.

  7. Thin black man…luckily I’m a large black man…that description doesn’t help much except turn every thin black man into a suspect…smh

    • Ayo, your point is well taken, so thanks for bringing it up.

      I’d point out first of all that “thin black man” is not the complete description we have in this case; it was “thin black man wearing a tan shirt, black pants, and a baseball cap.” We also have a pretty specific time and a place.

      This distinction is important, because it relates to how I make my decision on when to include a suspect’s race. On each individual case, I ask myself – if I was a block away at that time, and I remembered seeing a person fitting the given description going into a house or getting into a vehicle, would that information be worth phoning in to the police? On this case, I thought so – but if it had just been a “black man in a light shirt and dark pants,” almost certainly not. But I’ll agree that this one is a close call and certainly respect your opinion if you disagree.

      For me, on individual cases, it all boils down to whether there’s enough information to possibly place the person somewhere. If you can put him going into a building or vehicle, that’s a reasonable lead for an investigator. If you can even put him on another nearby block, that is also – private cameras proliferate around New Orleans, and perhaps the block where you saw someone dressed like the suspect has a camera that recorded an image of him.

      A rash like we’ve been seeing lately changes the equation slightly in my opinion. The question evolves from “Can the perpetrator be identified?” to “Is this the same perpetrator from a previous cases?” Clearly, if the gunman in two cases are of different races, the answer is no – as in the recent rape cases. If they’re of the same race, the answer is not ‘yes,’ it’s just not ‘no,’ but it makes me want to include the race a little more than otherwise.

      The problem is, you can’t make a blanket policy here. To never print the race would be self-defeating, and to always print it would be wrong as well (worse yet, for example, would be printing the race of the victims – that would certainly exacerbate the problem you point out.) But having a case-by-case policy like we do also creates its own tensions. For a good recent example, consider this article from the beginning of the Uptown robbery spree: http://uptownmessenger.com/2011/05/weekend-robberies-cluster-in-uptown-neighborhoods/
      I was reporting on a number of different robberies in one article, and I ended up in the odd situation where some cases rose to my criteria and others do not. In one case, all I had that was remarkable was the color of the guy’s shoes – but they were purple, which is an odd detail. Do you include the race then? I didn’t, just the shoe color, but I’m still not sure it was the right decision. You’ll also note that a different reader called me out for the opposite reason that time, and I tried to offer a similar explanation then.

      Again, I certainly invite your comment and criticism when you think I make the wrong choice on this issue. But at least let me give you some confidence that it’s a decision I don’t take lightly and think all the way through in each case. Part of the ethical code of journalism is to do no harm, and I would agree that the irresponsible inclusion of race in an article where it’s otherwise irrelevant is harmful. So thanks for keeping me on my toes.

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  9. I got an email from a member of the Milan neighborhood association. She witnessed a guy trying to break into a house on south liberty and gem Pershing. She called 911. This took place less than an hour after the cops left my house. The cops caught two look out guys and questioned them. The guys were let go and not taken into custody. Maybe there is more to the story but if they simply didn’t feel line doing paperwork, I will be pissed. They probablkynstill had possession of my things if it was the same guys.

  10. I’m attending this tonight, and will ask about signs that say “a crime occurred here.”

    ~The city’s series of “Cops, Clergy and Community” forums on crime reduction is set to come to Uptown this week, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. George’s Church at 4600 St. Charles Avenue, according to an email sent to neighborhood leaders.

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