The victim had parked on Carondelet Street and walking to work on Delachaise toward St. Charles Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said NOPD Sgt. Daniel Scanlan. He was approached from behind by a man with a revolver who demanded his keys, and the victim gave them up, Scanlan said.
He still had his phone, and as he called to report the robbery, he saw his car driving away, Scanlan said. A witness told police they saw the vehicle turn onto Louisiana Avenue, Scanlan said.
The vehicle was found Wednesday afternoon at a location in New Orleans East, Scanlan said.
In an unrelated case, investigators have also determined a previously reported carjacking to be a false report, Scanlan said. The victim had told police she was carjacked at Brainard and Jackson streets early in the morning of June 17, but a tracking device attached to the vehicle showed investigators it was “never more than a block or two from her house,” Scanlan said.
When investigators confronted the woman with that information, she recanted her story, Scanlan said.
NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy said the false carjacking report was similar to another woman’s description of a hit-and-run on Magazine Street that surveillance video later proved never happened. Bardy suggested to Scanlan that they should explore issuing a court summons for a misdemeanor charge in such cases to dissuade the false reporting that ties up investigators’ time.