NEW ORLEANS - There have been four robberies in the Uptown and Broadmoor neighborhoods within blocks of each other in a two-day period. The NOPD says at least three of the cases might be connected.
"Even if you feel like you're safe because you're out in front of your house. There are bad people out there," said a Broadmoor resident about his wife and two kids being mugged earlier this week.
They had just parked near the intersection of Nashville Avenue and South Johnson St on Wednesday night around 7 p.m. when a gunman approached their SUV.
The victim's husband asked not to be identified but described the armed robbery to Eyewitness News.
"Came back here from work. Pulled up, got my kids out of the car, got back into the car to get their homework or something like that and the guy ran from back here ripped open the car door and asked her to give him all her money," said the victim's husband.
Police say that the gunman knocked the victim's kid's backpacks to the ground before taking off with her cell phone and purse.
Ten minutes before the armed robbery, less than a mile away, in the 2100 block of South Lopez Street there was an attempted armed robbery. The NOPD says a woman was rolling her bicycle into her house when a man walked up, grabbed his waistband and yelled "give me all your money." Police say the victim ran into her house and the gunman took off running empty handed.
"Its very surprising, its a quiet neighborhood. (I'm) not used to hearing anything like that happening around here," said neighbor Lawrence Landry. His neighbor's close call is a game changer.
"I saw the cops, the police officers yesterday. I didn't get a chance to ask them what happened. Now that I know, I'll alert my other neighbors," said Landry.
About an hour later at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday night, the NOPD says a woman was choked, pushed to the ground and then robbed of her computer while getting out of a car in the 1600 block of Soniat street.
Then on Thursday, another robbery unfolded less than a mile away. Police say a woman was robbed by two men in the 4600 block of LaSalle St around 6:37 pm near a charter school. The NOPD says the victim was sitting inside a parked car when one of two assailants grabbed her by the hair. They stole her purse and cell phone.
This latest spike of robberies is an eye opener for Broadmoor resident Ray Shattenkirk.
"I'm going to be very careful and I'm going to be walking my daughter to school every morning," said Shattenkirk.
The NOPD days detectives believe three of the four cases are related. Police confirm patrols in the area have been increased and investigators are working leads.
If you can help solve any of these cases, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.