A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.
Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests.
Armed robberies were reported on Josephine Street in Central City and at the Magnolia Discount on South Carrollton Avenue overnight, New Orleans police said Monday morning.
By MATT SLEDGE | The New Orleans AdvocateFor more than a week, authorities say, Larry Vail outran the New Orleans Police Department, taking part in a string of Uptown armed robberies.
But Vail’s luck ran out Thursday night, minutes after he took part in two more stickups and then bailed out of a Honda CR-V, police said.
Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said.
New Orleans Police are looking for a ‘person of interest’ recorded on surveillance video to interview about the armed robbery two weeks ago of the Crescent City Pharmacy on Simon Bolivar Street in Central City, authorities said.
New Orleans police have begun releasing photos and video of the suspect in this weekend’s armed robbery on Walmsley Street in Fontainebleau, which is believed to be part of a wider spree of as many as five robberies by the same suspect, authorities said.
After a woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday evening near the Fairgrounds, New Orleans police chased the teens inside her vehicle until they crashed on St. Charles Avenue, where they were arrested, authorities said.
Uptown residents were robbed at gunpoint of their belongings and in one case a vehicle in four separate incidents Saturday and Sunday on Walmsley Avenue in Fontainebleau, on Cherokee and Adams streets in Carrollton, and on Laurel Street in the Audubon area, New Orleans police said.
A man armed with a gun tried to rob the cashier at a Magazine Street snowball stand on Wednesday evening, and then took the tip jar near the window instead, New Orleans police said.