NEW ORLEANS – Two masked gunmen are thought to be responsible for robberies at restaurants in New Orleans East and Uptown, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Police referred to the men as bold, brazen and extremely dangerous.
The first incident occurred around 1:20 a.m. on June 2 at Domino’s Pizza located at 10500 Chef Menteur Hwy.
The victims were closing the location for the day when they were approached by the two gun-wielding men, police said.
The suspects forced the victims back into the store and asked to be led to the safes, according to the NOPD.
Once in the office, one of the suspects put a gun to one of the victim’s head and demanded he open the safe. The second suspect forced the other victim into the kitchen and told him to open the kitchen safe. When the victim told the suspect he did not have the key, the suspect kicked him in the ribs. The victim grabbed the suspect’s gun and it fell apart, police said.
After picking up the pieces of the gun, the two suspects fled with $815 in cash from the office safe, according to the NOPD. They were seen getting into a dark-colored two-door vehicle and fleeing east on Chef Menteur Highway and turning left on to Hauck Street.
The second incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. on June 13 at Cooter Brown’s Bar and Grill located at 509 S. Carrolton Ave.
The armed suspects entered the business, approached two employees who were cleaning the grill area and forced them into the rear office, police said.
The suspects made one of the employees open a small desk safe, officers said.
They fled the location with $990 in cash. The business’ surveillance cameras observed them escaping down Leake Avenue to Short Street and then unknown.
The first suspect is described as wearing a black ski mask, a white hoodie and dark pants. The second suspect is described as wearing a green-colored Halloween mask, a dark blue hoodie with “California Berkley” stamped on the front in gold lettering and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call 504-658-6077 or 504-658-6020 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 1-877-903-7867 (toll-free.) Domino's offered $3,000 for information leading to an arrest.