NEW ORLEANS - It was an unusually crime-filled Halloween day and night in New Orleans with the NOPD reporting 9 armed robberies, 2 carjackings, an attempted carjacking and a homicide in 24 hours.
The crime spree on the annual trick-or-treating holiday is unusual, according to WWL-TV crime analyst Jeff Asher, who says the average Halloween Day normally has fewer than two such crimes.
The crimes included an attempted carjacking in Tall Timbers in Algiers just before 8:30 pm. According to the NOPD's major offense log, a man in his mid-40s and a woman in her 60s were approached by a gunman who demanded the keys. Police said the victim told the suspect to shoot him, because he wasn't surrendering his keys. The gunman fled.
About 3 minutes later, the NOPD said a woman pulled into her driveway a couple of blocks away from the unsuccessful carjacking and a gunman approached her and demanded her keys. The victim, the wife of Municipal Court Judge Robert Jones, got out of the vehicle with her child and the gunman drove away.
There was also a fatal shooting in Algiers in the afternoon, where a man was found dead inside of a running car. The windows had been shot out and he had been shot several times.
Early Tuesday morning, a woman exited her vehicle near the intersection of Marigny and Burgundy and was approached by three teens armed with semi-automatic weapons. The victims ordered a man inside the vehicle to get out and they drove off with the 2008 Mazda MX3 hatchback with a North Carolina license plate.
In addition, there were armed robberies at the following locations:
- 8200 block of Chef Menteur
- The intersection of Dauphine and Spain Streets
- The 4300 block of Lotus St.
- The 2700 block of Selma St.
- The 2400 block of Chartres St.
- The 1000 block of Conti
- The 4500 block of Chef Menteur
- The 1400 block of St. Louis
- The 6200 block of Eads