Two men were robbed at gunpoint — one of them pistol-whipped — in an Adams Street home Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said, the latest in a rash of attacks on residents in their homes around the Carrollton corridor in the last few days.
One of the victims, a 22-year-old who moved to New Orleans for college and graduated last year, said he had stopped by a friend’s house in the 1800 block of Adams (near Hickory) around 5 p.m. after he got off of work. While they were inside, they answered a knock at the door, and two men walked in through the front door and ordered him and his friend to the ground at gunpoint, the victim said. The attackers went through the victims’ pockets and took their wallets and phones, as well as an Xbox from the house, and one of the assailants pistol-whipped the visitor’s head, he said.
“It kind of hurt. I kind of thought it would hurt more, actually, based on TV and movies,” the victim said. “I didn’t get much of value stolen. I was just happy to get out of there relatively unharmed.”
The suspects left in a gold or tan, 90s-model sedan that may have been a Toyota Camry, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot, a departmental spokesman. Police are not releasing descriptions of the suspects while the investigation proceeds. Anyone in the surrounding area with private video cameras is urged to contact NOPD Second District detectives at 658-6020.
The victim had previously lived on Freret in the same neighborhood and been robbed in similar circumstances, so he moved out to another neighborhood, he said. He still works on Maple Street, so he’s still in the neighborhood frequently, but the friend he was visiting on Adams has now also decided to move out, he said.
“I stopped by here to hang out for a little, and didn’t figure I’d get in that kind of situation,” he said. “Now I won’t be hanging out in this area anymore.”
Other recent home invasions in the area include an attack on a group of women Friday evening on nearby Panola Street, and an attack on a woman earlier last week on Green Street on the opposite side of Carrollton Avenue by a man who tried to strangle her.