Dec 052013
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A group of five people unloading groceries in a Broadmoor driveway just before Thanksgiving last week were carjacked at gunpoint, and investigators believe their assailants may have been previously involved in another carjacking in the Algiers area, New Orleans police said.

A woman drove her Audi SUV home to the 4300 block of South Rocheblave around 8:45 p.m. Nov. 26, and four people came outside to help her unload the groceries, NOPD Sgt. Ernest Crayton said Wednesday during the Second District’s weekly meeting of ranking officers. A black Chevrolet Trailblazer pulled up, and two men in hooded jackets got out with guns, forcing everyone to lay on the ground and demanding their cash and cell phones, Crayton said.

The men took the money and tried to destroy the phones, though some were protected by outer coverings and still worked afterward, Crayton said. The gunmen left in both vehicles, and no one was injured in the attack, Crayton said.

Investigators believe the Trailblazer the men arrived in had been taken in a previous carjacking in Algiers area, Crayton said. Both SUVs have since been found abandoned, and investigators are working several active leads, Crayton said.

The victim did not appear to have been targeted or followed home, Crayton said.

“Those guys were just looking for a victim and happened to see her,” Crayton said.

Crayton also provided updates on two other recent robberies:

  • (photo via NOPD)

    (photo via NOPD)

    After the arrest of 44-year-old Demetei Lewis in connection with a Nov. 17 attempted armed robbery in the 8700 block of South Claiborne, investigators are now looking for help identifying another man believed to have information about the case. His photo is at right.
  • Investigators are looking for new leads into a robbery case involving a woman who was badly injured on Jeanette Street, Crayton said. Surveillance video from the Willow Street bus barn captured the woman walking prior to the incident, but no attackers appeared on the video, and thus far no other video has surfaced. Investigators were also unable to pinpoint the location of the attack, which has hampered the collection of evidence in the case, Crayton said.

Anyone with information about any of the above robberies should call Second District investigators at 658-6020, or call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

The Second District is poised to end the year with a dramatic reduction in armed robberies over 2012. As of Wednesday, 50 armed robberies had been reported in 2013, down 35 percent from the 77 armed-robberies reported by the same point in 2012. The clearance rate is 36 percent, well above the national clearance rate of 23 percent for armed robberies in cities of 250,000 to 500,000 people, said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel.

“These clearance rates are some of the best in the city,” Noel said.

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  • Moses

    How many are unreported – we will never know. Why does it seem that there is an increase in crimes in the Carrollton area compared to last year – or is it that I am more aware of crime than last year – we will never know.

  • Steve Goodson

    why no descriptions of the perps? We need to know who to look out for and avoid. I’m sure the NOPD can and will give you this information……

    • UptownMessenger

      Steve, I’m not sure why you remain “sure” NOPD has this information when we’ve discussed this issue so many times in the past. It is not uncommon for there to be no useful descriptions of the suspects in these cases for a variety of reasons — they often happen quickly or in the dark, the suspects take steps to obscure their appearance or even instruct victims not to look at them. I don’t know the specifics in this case, but I did ask if there was anything about the suspects’ descriptions that would allow you and other readers “to know who to look out for,” and I was told no.

      Trust me, when the police have descriptions that could identify suspects, they want you to know it. I do too, so when they give it to me, I print it.

      And it’s a totally valid question to ask of me as well — except that it seems you are suggesting that I’m somehow preventing you from receiving this important information, an issue you’ve raised several times in the past. If my previous statements on the issue have been unclear, I apologize, and I hope this one will suffice in the future.

      Thanks for your vigilance on behalf of our community, and thanks for reading UptownMessenger.com.

      • Steve Goodson

        IMHO, even the most general description is better than none at all……I find it extremely difficult to believe that there is no information available……I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night….that being said, I want to state for the record that I very much appreciate the fine coverage the Uptown Messenger gives to all sorts of events in our neighborhood…..my congratulations on a job very well done!

        • AMB

          Hi Steve,
          As the victim of this crime let me tell you why there aren’t descriptions. It was 9 PM on a dark, rainy night in front of my house with a streetlight that is not working. Also, the perps were wearing dark hoodies and masks. They were two young males, I might assume teenagers. If we had descriptions, please believe that sketches would be rendered and made public. Without descriptions, all I can ask is that people be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious. I hope this sheds some light on your concerns.

  • broadmoorer

    Here’s to hoping Napoleon is an impenetrable barrier for these sorts of things…