NEW ORLEANS - Two male cousins from New Orleans were carjacked at gunpoint pursuing a woman they met online, according to a police report.
The men were on Bourbon Street around 3 a.m. Thursday when one received a message from a woman he had just met on Tagged.com, a social networking website, according to a police report.
The woman lured the men to a home in the 2700 block of Monticello Avenue in Hollygrove, promising another woman would be with her.
Instead, police say, when the men arrived a petite woman in a white shirt and orange jogging pants stood next to a chair in the driveway. A few minutes after the men went to greet her, three men with guns and dark clothing came from the right side of the home and ordered the men to the ground. Two of the men wore bandannas over their faces, according to the police report.
The robbers stole a gun, wallet, gold chain and a Rolex from the victims before making off with their gray 2010 Nissan Titan pick up truck with Louisiana license plate No. B680035, said the report.
Plus, one of the victims was struck in the head with a gun when he 'mouthed off' to the suspects, sending him to the hospital.
A woman who lives in the home said she did not hear anything strange overnight and learned of the carjacking from a neighbor, hours later. She said police questioned her several hours after the incident happened.
The carjacking happened in an area near an Earhart Expressway underpass and a canal.
Every neighbor in the immediate vicinity was too afraid to speak on camera, but said off-camera that the underpass has become a haven for criminal activity, including drug deals and the disposal of stolen vehicles.
The police report made note of poor lighting in the area.
'I wouldn't come out here 4 a.m. to meet anyone, let alone anyone out here in this area,' said Tony Turner, who has lived in Hollygrove for decades.
Turner said crime has grown worse in the area since Katrina, echoing the sentiments of several other residents.
But Hollygrove isn't the only place where men have been robbed pursuing women they met online. In fact, it's the fourth incident since last month.
So far, police haven't made any arrests and are still investigating whether the crimes are connected.
'I'm sorry for the guys, but that time of the morning, you're coming to meet somebody you just met on the internet, or something like that, it's not cool,' said Turner.
And police remind people, when it comes to the Internet who you see on screen may not be who they say they are.
If you have any information that could help police solve this case, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.