New Orleans Police have released surveillance video from Thursday night’s armed robbery at Cafe Atchafalaya on Louisiana Avenue.
In the video, the masked suspects can be seen yanking open the front door that the manager had locked when he saw them approaching. It also shows one of the suspects, in a hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front, walking toward an interior camera after robbing the patrons and employees inside.
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who represents the area of Uptown where Cafe Atchafalaya is located, issued a statement on the robbery Friday afternoon.
“After yet another week of armed robbery, rape, and assault, I am at a loss. Our city stands on the verge of a tipping point of violence, much like what occurred after the notorious Louisiana Kitchen murders in December 1996. The people of this city came together as one, stood tall, rallied for change and we got it,” Cantrell said. “The truth is, right now, there is not a single time or place that is safe, and we cannot remember the last violence-free day in our communities. We are failing as a city to defend and protect our citizens. To turn back this tide of terror, we must demand better.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District station at 658-6060 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.