NOPD investigating six armed robberies since Christmas Eve

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Posted on December 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 7:20 PM

Thanh Truong / Eyewitness News
Email: ttruong@wwltv.com | Twitter: @thanh412

NEW ORLEANS -- The charm that's found on St. Charles Avenue doesn't make it immune to crime.

On Christmas Eve, near the intersection of St. Charles and Seventh Street, a 34-year old man was robbed at gunpoint.

According to police, two men approached the man from behind and took his money and cell phone. The armed robbery happened around 1:30 p.m.

"That's very scary to hear," said Rachel Bland, a Garden District resident.

Bland and her father jog on St. Charles Avenue every day without problems. They point to the routine patrols of the Garden District Security District and heavy pedestrian foot traffic along the streetcar line as buffers against crime.

"This side of St. Charles Avenue, particularly during the day, we feel safe. We walk the dogs, we run," said David Bland.

Even with the presence of pedestrians and patrols by private security, the armed robbery and particularly the time of day it happened, is making Rachel Bland re-think her safety habits.

"For at least my part I'm definitely not going to be walking around by myself during the day, any time soon," said Rachel Bland.

In a 48-hour span starting on Christmas Eve, a total of six armed robberies have taken place in New Orleans. Three armed robberies happened in New Orleans East.

One armed robbery happened on Chef Highway near Louisa Street. According to a police report, a woman was putting air in her tires when two men came up on her from behind. Much like the other armed robberies, the suspects stole the woman's cash and cell phone.

According to uniform crime reports, the number of armed robberies in New Orleans over the past two years has been decreasing. But the latest armed robberies are examples of how crime can strike anywhere and anytime, even on Christmas.

Police are asking anyone with information that may help in these investigations to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

 

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