(Updated 8:44 a.m. Tuesday)
As the pattern of Uptown muggings slows and moves slightly downriver, another robbery at gunpoint was reported Sunday evening in the Irish Channel and a carjacking was reported Monday morning in Central City.
At 9:15 p.m. Sunday, a woman walking from a Magazine Street restaurant had reached the 3300 block of Constance when she was approached by two men with a black semiautomatic handgun who demanded her purse and cell phone, said Lt. Troy Savage of the NOPD Sixth District. The men were described as 5-foot-7 African-Americans in their late teens, both wearing white undershirts, one with khaki pants and the other wearing camouflage shorts.
The carjacking was reported about 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of South Liberty and Terpsichore, where a man was getting out of his car when he was approached from behind by a gun-wielding stranger, police said. The gunman demanded his money and keys, then took off in his car, a four-door blue 1998 Honda Civic with damage on the rear driver’s side panel near the gas tank and a missing Honda emblem on the trunk.
The gunman was described as a 6-foot-2, 180-pound dark-skinned black man with short hair in his late 20s, wearing a blue-and-white striped short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District investigations unit at 658-6060 or, to leave an anonymous tip that could lead to a cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.
After the rash of violent robberies in May in the NOPD Second District, which runs upriver from Louisiana Avenue, the only robberies in the last two weeks (except one investigators have since deemed “unfounded“) have been in neighborhoods of the adjacent Sixth District, between Louisiana Avenue and the Highway 90 overpass, including the Garden District and Lower Garden District.
[Note: The second paragraph of this article was updated to include details of the robbery in the Irish Channel that were not available when the article was originally posted.]