Around 11:15 p.m. last Friday (Aug. 31), a Tulane student taking packages of out of the trunk of a white 2012 Mazda 3 (Texas plate DD3M599) carjacked at gunpoint by three men in the 8000 block of Spruce Street, police have said.
The following evening at 9 p.m., a victim going to a friend’s home on Jeanette Street was carjacked by two men of a silver 2007 Honda Civic (Louisiana plate RHU031).
And around 9:40 p.m. Monday evening, a woman talking on the phone in a parked white Kia Forte (Georgia license plate BKA4310) was carjacked by two men in the 5000 block of South Saratoga.
None of the three vehicles had yet been located as of late Wednesday, NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson said at the Second District’s weekly meeting of ranking officers. Vehicles taken in carjackings usually turn up much more quickly, Ferguson said, so officers in all districts are looking for them and Second District detectives are checking each day to see if they turn up, Ferguson said.
In each case, however, one of the suspects has been described as a six-foot tall black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks, Ferguson said. Given the general proximity of the robberies, their quick succession and the presence of what may be the same suspect in each, investigators believe all three cases are the work of the same people, Ferguson said.
“Be vigilant when getting in and out of your cars,” Ferguson cautioned Uptown residents. “Even when you’re sitting in your cars.”
In another case not believe to be related, the belongings taken in a robbery on State Street were turned in to the Second District by a concerned citizen, Ferguson said. Those items and surveillance video from near the scene of the incident are being investigated by detectives for possible leads back to the robber, he said.