Police investigating fourth armed carjacking in a week in Algiers

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Posted on November 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 11:20 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

ALGIERS, La. -- There have been four armed carjackings in Algiers within the last week, and the brazen crimes happened within a few miles of each other.

On Wednesday night the NOPD confirmed a carjacking in the 3600 block of Post Oak Avenue which it believes are connected to three of the four crimes. Police say three men took off in a stolen car.

One of the victims is Algiers Clerk of Court Darren Lombard.

"We had picked up some signs for the District C race that's coming up," said Lombard.

The New Orleans native and his cousin were delivering campaign signs Monday night to voters when they suddenly became a target.

"I thought to myself, is this really happening? This can't be happening, and then I thought to myself I better listen," Lombard said.

Lombard said three men, one armed with a gun, demanded their keys, phones and cash in the 2900 block of Blair Street around 11:30 p.m.

Lombard said the trio drove off in his black Chevy Trailblazer, which hasn't been seen since.

"It makes me nervous, it makes me scared. You gotta watch yourself getting in and out your car now," said Marie Johnson, who has lived on the block for 20 years.

Less then a mile away, another carjacking in the 6700 block of Maumus Avenue around 6:30 p.m. The NOPD says a 31-year-old man pulled up to his mother's house when a gunman wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants walked up to his car.

According to investigators the victim said the gunman drove off in his car, crashed it into another parked car and then took off running.

There was a similar crime Saturday in the 2000 block of West Homestead Drive. A police report says a woman was carjacked by two men armed with a gun who rode up to her on a scooter just before 6 p.m.

It's a rash of carjackings within a three-day period that's left victims like Lombard ever so grateful this Thanksgiving.

"I was happy that we were in one piece and that we were able to get back home in one piece," said Lombard.

Lombard said items thrown from his car were found dumped near an intersection. He said they're being processed by the NOPD.

If you can help detectives solve these recent carjackings call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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