NEW ORLEANS - Police are looking for assailants in two attacks on Esplanade Avenue early Friday in which the victims were knocked off their bicycles with baseball bats. Authorities believe the two attacks may be connected.
Around 2:20 a.m., at the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and North Robertson Street, a man was riding a bike up Esplanade when a man jumped out in front of him, forcing the rider to slow. When the bicyclist slowed down, a second man jumped into the street and smashed the victim in the mouth with an aluminum bat, police said.
As a result of the attack, the man suffered a fractured jaw and injuries to his upper and lower teeth, police said.
The two suspects, according to police, are believed to be from 16 to 18-years-old, both African Americans. One suspect was tall, with a thin build, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect was 5-feet-7, with a thin build, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
As police from the First District responded to the attack at North Robertson, a second attack occured in the 1200 block of Esplanade, about four blocks away.
Another man, also riding his bicycle, was approached by two subjects. One subject, according to police, struck the man in the head with a baseball bat. The man was unable to give police a description of the assailants, but residents in the area said they saw two unidentified African American males in hooded sweatshirts fleeing from the area, police said.
The victim in the second attack suffered a fractured skull, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or contact Detective Tristan Carter at 504-658-6010.