NEW ORLEANS — People living Uptown are again victims in their own home.
This time, college students in the 7800 block of Panola Street said teenagers, possibly 14 to 17 years old – acted like they had a gun and robbed the women in a usually quiet neighborhood.
It's an Uptown street where joggers run past people pushing baby strollers while others meet up for some homemade meals at the corner cafe. So, the Tulane students, who've been renting for a couple of years, didn't worry about sitting in their den Friday afternoon with the front door open to let in the fresh spring air.
But that's when something horrifying happened.
"I came downstairs to crying girls who said that they had been robbed and they were untying themselves and there was broken glass on the floor. Shocking, really," said the student, who did not want to be identified.
The Tulane student was upstairs in her bed when she heard noise coming from her housemate and a friend downstairs. Three men came in the house, used computer cords to tie the two college students up, then robbed them of money, several electronic devices and debit cards.
"They were crying. They were hysterical and apparently they were told to shut up and be quiet the whole time," the student said.
The men came upstairs right outside of the student's bedroom door, but did not open it. All three are from out-of-town. One's mother lives in New Orleans.
"Oh, I'm pissed off,” the student said. “I was already planning on leaving. We're seniors, yeah. Getting out."
The woman did say that police talked to neighbors who have at least one surveillance camera on the house in hopes that it caught a glimpse of the perpetrators.
Neighbors now plan to be much more protective.
"It's just scary. I left the door open trying to coax the cat out and I don't guess I'll do that anymore," said a woman who lives across the street and did not want to give her name.
NOPD detectives are investigating the aggravated burglary to determine if any of the recent incidents in the area are related. They are now adding patrols in and around the area and ask residents to call 911 if they see or hear any suspicious.
SUSPECTS’ DESCRIPTIONS FROM NOPD AND TULANE POLICE:
All were 14-17 years of age with a dark complexion and did not have facial hair.
Suspect 1: Black male, 5-foot-8, muscular build, short buzz cut hairstyle, tattoo of two unknown words across chest, shirtless, black pants, black & white skeleton gloves.
Suspect 2: Black male, three-inch twist type hairstyle, red & black horizontal striped polo shirt, 5-5, 150 lbs.
Suspect 3: Black male, shortest of the three.
Unknown at this time.
If you have any information about these crimes, call NOPD at 504-821-2222. NOPD Emergency: 911
TAKE A STAND AGAINST CRIME
1. BE AWARE of your surroundings at all times.
2. REPORT suspicious activity immediately.
3. AVOID over indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
4. BE A GOOD WITNESS. Describe exactly what you observe with as many details as possible. Give complete descriptions such as sex, race, height, weight, hair color, clothing, etc.
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