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Hanging Christmas lights leads to a terrifying ordeal

New Orleans, La - Hanging the holiday lights turned into a terrifying ordeal for a Gentilly man who found himself bound and held at gunpoint. For his neighborhood, the Sunday night aggravated burglary was a scary start to the season.

Henry Jones doesn't live in the 5400 block of Pratt Drive, but stops by often to help a friend. Monday he was putting up her holiday light display. Just down the street the Hall family has lights and garland in place. Another neighbor hasn't been able to finish the decorating job.

The 30-year-old man started the project Sunday night, but was interrupted by three men. Around 9:30 he was on a ladder outside his home when the men approached him with weapons. They ordered him inside his home. He says they tied his hands behind his back using zip ties. After that, he says they started looking for things to steal. They were in the home for about 15 minutes. When they left, the victim says he found a pair of scissors and freed himself.

"When I heard I just couldn't believe it," said neighbor Staci Hall.

"I was shocked that kind of thing happened in this neighborhood," added Henry Jones.

The men got away with computers, jewelry, a cell phone, a wallet and a sense of security for some who live nearby. "Now I'll definitely be looking over my shoulder," said Hall.

"Thinking about the whole meaning of Christmas, you would think that people would have more compassion than that," said Jones. "To think of robbing someone at Christmas time, a time for giving not taking away. I think that's awful."

The victim tells police the robbers were wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas covering their faces. The victim also says the men brought their own zip ties.

If you know anything about this crime that could help police with their investigation, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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