In Monday’s robbery, the victim and a woman were in a car parked at South Liberty and Foucher streets around 12:05 a.m. when they were approached by a man with a semi-automatic handgun who demanded their money, said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan on Wednesday at the Sixth District’s weekly meeting of ranking officers. The victim had $10 and handed it over, and the gunmen left, Scanlan said.
Russell Every, 31, was later identified by investigators as a suspect, and when they searched his home, they found the same clothing described by the robbery victim, Scanlan said. Every has been arrested on a charge of armed robbery, which carries a mandatory sentence of between 10 and 99 years upon conviction.Around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, two men broke into a home in the 3300 block of Dryades Street through a bathroom window, carrying a gun, yelling that they were ATF agents and ordering the woman in the home to “stay down,” Scanlan said. As they went through the house, the victim’s brother drove up, and the men were heard saying that he was the one they wanted, Scanlan said.
One intruder told the other to shoot the man in the car, but he quickly drove away, so the gunmen left. It appears that the man and the attackers may have been acquainted, and that he may have narrowly escaped being shot, Scanlan said.
“They had timed it so when he got home, they would be standing in the door with the gun,” Scanlan said.
The man is not responding to investigators’ requests to talk to them, however, and identifying the gunmen in the case may depend on the cooperation of the witnesses, Scanlan said.
A purse-snatching was also reported Tuesday afternoon in Central City, when a woman walking in the 1800 block of Josephine Street (near Baronne) had her purse yanked away by a man who then fled Uptown, Scanlan said. Several surveillance cameras may be in the area, however, so investigators are hoping to get a photo of the attacker, Scanlan said.
The NOPD Sixth District has seen 57 armed robberies so far this year, down 26 percent from the same point in 2012. Overall violent crime (murders, rapes, robberies, shootings and other assaults) has dropped from 322 at this point last year to 269 in 2013, a reduction of 16.5 percent.