Feb 102014
 
A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police officer parked on Willow Street near Nashville works on a report following a robbery call Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

Eight armed robberies and one unarmed robberies reported around Broadmoor and the university area since Wednesday. (map via NOPD)

A man was robbed at gunpoint Sunday morning in Broadmoor and another robbery case was reported Sunday evening in the university area, raising the toll of incidents in the area to eight in about five days, and New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help to find a Hyundai SUV that may have been involved in some of the cases.

The recent spree began with a robbery attempt Wednesday on South Lopez, followed by another case about 10 minutes later in which the suspect struck the victim’s children. Four more cases were reported on South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cadiz Street in Broadmoor and Palmer and Octavia streets in the university area on Saturday evening, police records show.

Additional details were released Monday morning on Saturday’s cases:

  • In the 1600 block of South Jeff Davis Parkway (near Earhart Boulevard), the victim was a man in his late 40s who was made to give up his bag and empty his pockets by three armed assailants, the initial report states.
  • In the 2500 block of Palmer (near Willow), two women in their early 20s were robbed of their credit cards and cash by two men, but the credit cards have since been recovered, the report states.
  • At Octavia and South Robertson, a man in his early 60s and a woman in her early 50s were robbed by a man and a woman, and the female robber hit the female victim in the head during the incident, the report states.

On Sunday morning, another robbery was reported in the 3500 block of Robert Street around 8 a.m., according to initial police reports. The 51-year-old victim was approached by two armed men who demanded his money and then fled, the report states.

Finally, crime maps show another case reported at State and South Robertson streets around 10 p.m. Sunday. Details on the case were not immediately available.

Image of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata

Image of a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Investigators have identified a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe with Texas license plate BRH8408 (on the front and back bumpers) fleeing the scene of several of these recent robberies, and are hoping the public can help locate it, authorities said Monday morning. Anyone with information about it should call Detective Jerry Baldwin at 658-6177 or call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

“It is possible that this vehicle may have been used in robberies in other districts,” according to a NOPD news alert. “Anyone coming in contact with this vehicle should use caution.”

Police have also released several photos and detailed descriptions of suspects in a robbery in the 4600 block of LaSalle, which can be viewed here.

Elsewhere in Uptown, a woman in the Riverbend was attacked and robbed by a man at her home on Joliet Street early Sunday morning. The victim, a woman in her early 40s, had gotten out of her car around 4:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Joliet (about a block off Oak) when she saw a man with a gun jump her fence, the initial report states.

The man demanded her purse and she handed it over, and he then pushed her to the ground and left, the report states. The woman’s hands were scraped but she refused medical treatment, the report notes.

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  • TimGNO

    Which is it, a Hyundai SONATA or SANTA FE?

    • UptownMessenger

      Santa Fe. Thanks for the catch.

  • Craig

    Why couldn’t this have happened just days ago before the election, back when Mitch’s mantra was “safer, better, now!”? Now Mitch doesn’t have an election to worry about and can go back to what he usually does: stand spinelessly in the background somewhere, not issuing a statement, not doing anything to help the situation, and not giving the slightest thought to firing our incompetent police chief. Yet, he’ll be popping out of the darkness to jump n jive for the cameras IF they catch these assailants.

    • Mike Flood

      Craig, I see why you hide behind the Craig icon. Your words are just ranting if you are afraid to use your real name. UM should make everyone use a true identity, otherwise it is just a little girly boy talk.

  • NOLA12345

    Is it clear how many of these recent robberies are by the same people? Based on the timing you would think some might be related, but in a lot of the descriptions the perps vary (ie – 3 males, 2 males, 1 male 1 woman).

  • Cmb6091

    How many police officers were on duty in the district during these robberies? I do not know if this information is available to the uptown messenger via public records request, but we need to find out. It should not take a phone gps or someone to get murdered to get caught for armed robbery in a city.

  • Alonzo Tulaman

    WDSU says 2 arrests. Any news on that?

  • Acajun

    Crime lurks in the dark of night Uptown. Turn the lights on, Mitch! Too many street lights are out and simply not enough lighting.

    • Cmb6091

      I will be honest with you, the street lights need to be working but there is a problem with owners of rental properties uptown keeping their houses without flood lights or any type of light for that matter at night. this is a real issue as it allows robbers to hide behind cars and in alleyways. There should really be a grass roots movement by the several home associations uptown to encourage property owners to put up lighting along their properties. It is crazy how dark it gets between street poles at night time.

      • vsb11

        Hi! I live at the house on Joliet where that last reported robbery happened. We have a fully functional streetlight working across the street and both sides of our shotgun had the porch lights on. Additionally, our next door neighbors both have motion sensored flood lights. Where we are, it’s lit. There was nothing more we could’ve done to prevent this attack!

  • vsb11

    Ah, thanks for clarifying. I wasn’t the person robbed, but the thief was a young male with a .357, blue jeans, and black hooded sweatshirt. He got a brown Coach backpack. Thanks, neighbors!