New Orleans police are investigating three more weekend armed robberies in less than a 24-hour period span, with crimes reported in Gentilly Woods, the Seventh Ward and Bywater. That followed five other armed robberies reported Saturday by NOPD.
According to a police log, on Saturday morning, an armed robber hit the Walmart in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur Highway. Just before 11:30 a.m., the robber entered the store and approached the customer service desk, police said. He slid a note to the cashier demanding cash, telling the cashier he had a gun and that he would shoot everyone behind the counter, police said. The cashier opened the register and gave the man the cash in the register. He walked out of the business and fled in unknown direction.
Late Saturday night, a 40-year-old woman was robbed in the 2100 block of Lapeyrouse. Just after 10:35 p.m., police said the victim was approached from behind by two unknown men. One suspect demanded the victim’s money. She complied and both suspects fled.
Just after midnight, a 29-year-old man was robbed while walking near North Rampart Street and Poland Avenue. Police said the man noticed five or six men following him. One of them was armed with a gun and struck the victim, demanding his car keys. The victim complied and the subjects fled in his 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer.
In addition to the armed robberies, just after 2:30 a.m., two men entered an apartment in the 4600 block of Alcee Fortier Blvd., and demanded property from a man and woman inside. The victims complied and the suspects got away.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 1-877-903-STOP. Callers with information that leads to an arrest and indictment could earn a $2,500 cash reward.