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Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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METAIRIE, La. -- The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a month-long series of armed robberies in the same section of Metairie.

There have been nine stick-ups so far in the area bordered by Severn Avenue and Transcontinental Drive, north and south of I-10.

'Luckily, thus far with the exception of one, there was no physical violence,' said JPSO Col. John Fortunato. 'In one of the incidents there was a victim who actually was pistol whipped in the face.'

All of the robberies happened in apartment complex parking lots.

Neighbor Terrance McCraken says somebody broke into his unit this past week and the thought of armed robberies in his neighborhood as well, is very troubling.

'I don't like it.' said McCraken. 'The options are to move or deal with it until you can move or deal with until they get caught and hopefully they get caught soon. We all know moving's a pain.'

Debbie and Maria Fontanez are also frightened.

'I have a 16-month-old and I'm pregnant and I wouldn't want something to happen to us and my family,' said Maria Fontanez. 'It's horrible.'

'Very scary, very scary because I walk everywhere,' said her mother Debbie.

Investigators say all of the armed robberies had one thing in common: the victims were approached as they were either going to or from their vehicle.

Deputies say there may be multiple groups of suspects committing the crimes.

'The suspects' description varied greatly,' said Fortunato. 'Some were three males, some were two males, some where two males and a female.'

Deputies tell neighbors to be aware of their surroundings, make sure nobody followed them home, and if there are unfamiliar people hanging around their parking lot, call 911.

Here's a list of addresses where the armed robberies occurred:

Monday 2-18-13 1:06 AM 3420 Edenborn, Metairie
Tuesday 2-19-13 4:18 PM 3201 Richland, Metairie
Thursday 2-21-13 3:42 PM 3201 Richland, Metairie
Friday 2-22-13 8:40 PM 2800 Houma, Metairie
Saturday 2-23-13 3:45 AM 2200 Pasadena, Metairie
Saturday 3-02-13 3:55 AM 2812 Independence, Metairie
Saturday 3-02-13 10:09 PM 2411 Richland, Metairie
Saturday 3-02-13 10:45 PM 4820 Yale, Metairie
Saturday 3-02-13 11:50 PM 2316 Harvard, Metairie

The JPSO says if you have any information about this rash of armed robberies call the department's robbery section at 504-364-5300.

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