Aug 282014

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Two men looking for women they met online in Hollygrove were robbed of their truck by three gun-wielding assailants early Thursday morning, New Orleans Police said, about a month after a rash of similar crimes around the city.

In the most recent case, two men — one in his late teens and the other in his mid-20s — went to the 2700 block of Monticello Street (which runs adjacent to the Jefferson Parish line near the Earhart Expressway) around 4 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, looking for two women they had met on the “Tagged” social-media service, according to police reports.

One of the women was standing next to a chair outside a shotgun double when they arrived, but when they pulled into the driveway, three men armed with guns came out of the alleyway and ordered the would-be suitors onto the ground, the report states.

The gunmen then “went through the victims’ pockets and took their belongings and fled in the victims’ vehicle,” the report states. The vehicle is described as a gray, four-door 2010 Nissan Titan pickup with license plate B680035, the reports state.

The 2700 block of Mistletoe abuts Earhart Expressway. (map via NOPD)

The 2700 block of Monticello runs near the Earhart Expressway. (map via NOPD)

Further details were not immediately available, but elements of the case resemble a rash of robberies of men robbed after meeting women through online services earlier this summer — though investigators have not said whether the most recent case is believed to be connected. Police urge people arranging dates with strangers met online to do so in a public place and “use common sense” about the encounters, however.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

[Note: This article was first published at 10:01 a.m. Thursday and updated at 11:22 a.m. with the photo, and more information from a second report on the incident. The correct location of the incident was Monticello Street, not Mistletoe Street as was stated in the initial police report, NOPD officials have now confirmed.]

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