NEWORLEANS-- Police are continuing their search for four men they say carried out two separate carjackings last weekend. The most recent happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday as two women, one pregnant, and a 3-year-old girl were getting in their SUV after Satchmo Summer Fest.
Eighteen hours earlier, the four suspected carjackers struck seven blocks away.
'It was a bad day,' said the victim, who didn't want to be identified.
He got in his car on Clouet Street to go pick up his partner from work at 2:30 a.m.
'When I got into my car and put my bag in, started the car and all of a sudden, the passenger side door opened,' he said.
One of the men got in and pointed a gun, a 9 mm, at his head. 'I said, dude, just take it. And I got out of the car, I backed out of the car and that's when the other two guys came around,' he said.
New Orleans police found the car a few hours later on Clouet Street on the other side of St. Claude Avenue. He put two-and-two together when he saw the two sketches of suspects in the Saturday night Marigny carjacking.
'Looking at that photo again and again and again, I'm thinking, yeah. That's him,' he said.
The suspects, and the carjackings, shattered the sense of security in this normally quiet neighborhood.
'It's New Orleans. It kind of has a rep. But I'm from here and you kind of deal with it and it's typically in certain places and we don't live in one of those places. You know? Or so I thought,' said Kim Perilloux, a nearby Marigny resident.
Both Saturday's carjacking on Marigny Street and the one further down on Clouet Street happened just a few blocks from where a homeowner shot a 14-year-old in his yard a few weeks ago.
'Scared people react differently than people that live in a normally low-crime area,' Perilloux said.
The second carjacking was even more shocking. The victims were sisters. One is eight months pregnant. They had her three-year-old daughter with them. The two women pleaded with pleaded with the carjackers to let them get the little girl out of the car before taking off.
All of the victims wanted to send the message that it can happen to anyone, even those who are used to being vigilant about their surroundings. They want the public to help police catch their attackers so no one else becomes a sudden victim.
Police are still searching for the four suspects. If you know anything that could help them, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.