NEW ORLEANS - After a Magazine Street restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening, the NOPD manhunt for the suspect put neighboring establishments on lockdown with no one allowed to enter or leave.
The suspect held up the business in the 3200 block of Magazine shortly after 9 p.m. and then left without injuring anyone, said Officer Frank Robertson III.
Responding police closed several blocks around the business as they searched to see if he was hiding nearby, Robertson said. After the SWAT Team and a police dog searched the area, it was reopened some time after 11 p.m.
Robertson declined to name the business that was robbed, but witnesses and other Magazine Street employees said the robbery took place at Byblos when an armed man entered through the rear and robbed the manager.
While police searched for the suspect, the next-door restaurants were put on a sort of lockdown, employees said.