10 armed robberies in 10 days has Garden District residents on edge

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Posted on July 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 11:15 AM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Ten armed robberies in the past 10 days, all in the same neighborhood. It's a trend that has Garden District neighbors on edge.

"Very alarmed, very scared," said Hayes Booksh, who lives down the street from the latest armed robbery.

Neighbors say they were shocked to learn a woman, in her 60's, was robbed at gunpoint on Harmony Street near Camp Street just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

The woman was visiting the Garden District when someone got out of a parked car and demanded she hand over her purse.

"The fact that they still are brazen enough to do it in broad daylight -- I have wife and a daughter and I am not home all the time, so I do worry about their safety," said Booksh.

It marks the 10th armed robbery in 10 days. Police say this latest armed robbery is part of a series of muggings, carjackings, and a home invasion that all happened in the Garden and Lower Garden District areas.

"Armed robbery is a violent crime, and of course I am not surprised that neighbors are concerned about it. We are very concerned about it," said Lt. Frank Young of the NOPD.

The concerns were the topic of discussion for neighbors at a monthly community meeting Thursday night.

"We shouldn't be held captive in our own neighborhood, and I am surprise that we have such and increase," said Jan Ferrell.

So far only one arrest has been made. Police arrested Keith Williams, 17, who they believe was involved in a series of three robberies in which he and two other men were armed with a baseball bat, beating and hospitalizing one of the victims.

"That one arrest subject committed three of our armed robberies and I am confident that we will find our other two perpetrators," Young said.

Police are also confident in the leads they have in the other seven cases.

"We have what we believe is strong evidence, video evidence, DNA evidence," Young said.

Despite this recent spike, police say armed robberies and simple robberies are actually down 45 percent compared to this time last year.

This story was developed with our partners at the Uptown Messenger. For their complete story, click here.

 

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