Oct 232012

A patrol car sits in the 5800 block of Clara Street as police investigate an armed robbery reported there Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

For the third time in 36 hours on an Uptown street, a woman at her vehicle was approached by a man armed with a gun who took her belongings — this time, around 8 p.m. on Clara Street between State and Nashville.

The victim, described by her neighbors as a local graduate student, had returned home, pulled into the driveway and gotten out of her car when she was approached by a man with a gun, said NOPD Second District Detective Billy Mullaly. The gunman demanded her property, so she gave him her iPhone, purse and wallet, and he took off running toward Nashville Avenue, Mullaly said.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall, thin black man with dreadlocks that reached just below his ear, wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, Mullaly said. Anyone who may have seen the man or with other information is urged to call police immediately.

The NOPD patrol cars lining the narrow, quiet street drew concerned neighbors into nearly every yard, watching as police officers interviewed the victim and looked for evidence.

“My family has lived here for 60 years and we’ve never had this kind of a problem. I don’t understand this,” said one woman, noting that her home had to be completely rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. “This isn’t why we came back here.”

The pattern of the robbery is similar to a carjacking Monday afternoon on Willow Street and another armed robbery around 1 a.m. Tuesday on Bordeaux Street. Mullaly said it is too early in the investigation to determine whether the Clara Street case shows a connection to any other open cases.

  • Uptown Larry

    Bottom line, arm yourself — whether it’s pepper spray or a gun, we cannot let these thugs get away with these crimes — and the police will not do anything significant to stop it. If the criminals don’t get any pushback, they’ll continue to go into Uptown for quick hits. I’m ready, you should be too!

  • BTL

    thank you for putting the description of the perp

  • 504 concerned

    NOPD is ineffective – they aren’t patrolling the streets for violent crime.