NOPD believes two groups behind half dozen armed robberies

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 11:41 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Detectives are investigating another rash of armed robberies over the weekend in the Uptown and Broadmoor neighborhoods.

The NOPD says two groups are likely connected to the crimes.

"Take it easy, calm down. I'm not scared, but take the money."

Those are the calming words Emmar Ghalawangi said to a gunman armed with a silver revolver and his accomplice.

The pair was standing in his driveway Sunday at 8 a.m. in the 3500 block of Robert Street.

Ghalawangi was on his way to work with his brother and had gone outside to warm up their cars.

"Thank God, I'm still alive you know. Just what do I have to say: It's really sad, what can I do?" said Ghalawangi, who recently moved to New Orleans from New York City.

The NOPD is seeing a spike in mostly armed robberies in the Broadmoor and Uptown areas. On Saturday at 10:10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Palmer Street, two women in their early 20s sitting in a car were held up. Police say their credit cards and cash were taken.

That same day in the 1600 block of South Jeff Davis Parkway, a man in his 40s was robbed by three gunmen.

Also Saturday, around 10:15 p.m. at Octavia and South Robertson, police say a man in his early 60s and a woman in her 50s were also robbed at gunpoint by a man and woman. Their assailants drove off in a dark-colored SUV.

Then Sunday night around 10:15 p.m., crime maps show another robbery near State and South Robertson.

"We've had several armed robberies as well as simple robberies over the last week involving two groups that we've identified," said NOPD Second District Lt. Shaun Ferguson.

The NOPD believes three adults -- two black men and a woman, possibly white or Hispanic, have been holding up victims and then driving off in a dark SUV with Texas license plates. Police believe it may be a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe, with license plate number BRH 8408.

Police say surveillance images show four persons of interest at a grocery store where a victim's credit card was used.

"We've also identified a second group involving nothing but juveniles, 13 and 14 years old, we don't know the age of the last individual, but we're investigating that as we speak," Ferguson said.

The NOPD confirms two of the three teens have been arrested were connected to two recent robberies.

Still in disbelief, Ghalawangi hopes the duo who held him up on Sunday morning are also caught.

"Wow, it's too much. Every day I hear something."

 

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