Robberies reported in the Uptown area since last Thursday. (map via NOPD.com)
A robbery victim in the Irish Channel this week was forced to remove his shoes and shorts at gunpoint, and another victim in the Milan neighborhood was fired upon and pistol-whipped by his assailant, a teenage girl, police said.
The spike in Uptown robberies over the last week can be traced to several seemingly unrelated suspects, police say, including one man looking for easy targets around the Oak Street corridor and a determined carjacker in the Fontainebleau area.
But after a number of recent arrests on gun charges, police are hoping that the pattern of robberies will subside almost as quickly as it started. Continue reading »