NEW ORLEANS - Police are searching for the men who carjacked a woman at a Carrollton gas station and then robbed a Jefferson Parish bank Monday.
Gas station surveillance video shows at around 7:15 a.m. Monday a woman pumping gas at the Magnolia Discount at S. Carrollton Avenue and Olive. A man walks up to her, pulls out a gun and demands the victim's keys. Then, the man begins to drive away, and an accomplice jumps into the passenger's seat. The victim then runs inside the gas station for help.
Police say the stolen vehicle was used hours later in the armed robbery of a Chase Bank in the 2300 block of Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey. Officials recovered the vehicle immediately after the bank robbery.
Bank surveillance photos show the suspects wearing reflective vests, hoodies and carrying a construction hat.
Some filling up at the gas station Tuesday were shocked.
“It's really scary to know that somebody got carjacked, that's crazy,” said Wendy Weber, who lives nearby.
“That's really hard to believe because it's always a real busy, area, it's always a lot of traffic,” said Chantal Barnwell.
Authorities do not believe the suspects are related to a separate carjacking Thursday evening on College Court and Pritchard Place, less than a mile away, because the suspect descriptions don’t match.
In that case, police say two men in a large gray sedan with chrome wheels pulled up beside the victim and honked their horn at S. Carrollton and Earhart. The woman ignored them, but they followed her for more than half a mile, pulling up next to her again on College and Pritchard.
This time, one of the men jumped out of the gray sedan with a gun and told her to get out of her vehicle. She complied, and the man drove off in the victim's 2003 BMW, which was found burned at Annette Street and N. Claiborne Avenue the next day.
Neighbors say carjackings are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to crime in this part of the Carrollton corridor.
“It's not a surprise, there's always something going on around this neighborhood and we don't get a lot of police officers around this neighborhood unless something happens,” said neighbor Tamia Trufant-Wade.
If you have any information on these incidents, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.