Uptown neighborhoods saw a rash of carjackings and purse snatchings in the past week. Four of the eight robberies and carjackings reported took place in the Irish Channel, and five of the eight victims were 60 or older.
Carjackings in Lower Garden District, Irish Channel
A carjacker got into a pickup truck that was left running in the Irish Channel early Wednesday (Dec. 1). The owner, a 63-year-old man, stepped away from his pickup in the 400 block of Philip Street at about 4:15 a.m. When he returned, he found the man inside. The carjacker physically attacked him and drove off in the black 2016 Ford F-150 with Louisiana license plate KYPTO, the New Orleans Police Department reported.
Another vehicle was carjacked while left running on Tuesday evening (Nov. 30) in the Lower Garden District. A 62-year-old man returned to his car after briefly leaving it running in the 1800 block of Laurel Street at about 7:05 p.m. He found a man inside who lifted his shirt to display a gun. The carjacker fled in the victim’s silver 2014 Volkswagen Passat with Louisiana license plate YQU 975.
A 67-year-old woman thwarted a carjacking attempt Tuesday morning in the Irish Channel. She was in her car on Ninth and Tchoupitoulas streets at about 9:30 a.m. when a man walked up with a handgun drawn, demanding her car. She refused and drove off.
Purse snatchings in Freret, Irish Channel
A 61-year-old woman was walking in the 2600 block of Jena Street, near the Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday when three young men approached. One of them grabbed her purse, and the trio ran off.
A purse snatching was attempted about a half hour earlier and three blocks away. Three males had approached a 35-year-old woman in the 4900 block of South Robertson Street. They tried to grab her purse but were unsuccessful.
On Sunday (Nov. 28) at about 1:30 p.m., a 49-year-old woman was walking in the 3100 block of Constance Street when a woman knocked her purse from her hand, grabbed and took off on foot.
A 60-year-old woman was struck in the head and robbed Saturday evening in the Irish Channel. The victim was in the 1000 block of Pleasant Street at about 5:30 p.m. when a man knocked her to the ground by hitting her in the head. While she was down, he took her purse and her jewelry.
Armed robbery in Broadmoor
Two armed men walked up to the front door of a house in the 3100 block of Milan Street on Saturday at about 8:45 p.m. They stood on the porch and demanded money, and the victim, a 30-year-old man complied. Before fleeing, the gunmen walked through the home to see if anyone else was inside.
Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.