NEW ORLEANS - Along the stoops of another quiet Uptown neighborhood news is spreading fast about more crime.
Tuesday afternoon around 5 pm, recent college graduates were the victims of a home invasion. Gunmen knocked on the door, made them unplug all the electronic equipment and robbed them – one of them was pistol-whipped.
That incident occurred on Adams Street, which is not far from the Panola Street home invasion and burglary of a couple of Tulane students just a few days ago. Then on Monday, at 4 a.m., a couple on Richmond Place heard someone in their home. The burglar stole cash and keys and then ran off when they began yelling.
With the help of the U.S. Marshals, the NOPD has arrested two men – Daniel Adams, 20; and Rosel Guillen-Mendez - they say are involved in at least four home burglaries including the one on Richmond and three others on State, Octavia and Wirth. Police say one of the suspects, Daniel Adams, confessed and keys and electronic equipment were found at their homeless encampment.
Police said there could be one more arrest in the Richmond burglary and that the Adams and Panola Street home invasions are still under investigation.
Residents say they are concerned.
“In this neighborhood, and around the city, this foolishness has to stop,” said one resident. “It’s not serving the purpose for nobody – everybody suffers.”