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Woman robbed at gunpoint in City Park

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NEW ORLEANS - Some people are on edge in New Orleans over what seem like particularly brazen armed robberies. Gunmen held up a woman in City Park Friday morning and a man on a front porch in the Marigny Wednesday.

Walkers and runners at City Park Friday afternoon were stunned to hear that a woman was robbed by two gunman at about 9 a.m.

"It's shocking - it's City Park - because it's wide open, and I assume I'm safe here, and I assume I can see things coming," said runner Ernest Goodly.

A source tells FOX 8 the woman was walking while talking on her cell phone when two men got out of a car, armed with guns, and approached her. They made off with her phone.

Hours later, police thought they had spotted the men near St. Augustine High School and gave chase. The school was put on lockdown as a precaution. Police ended up arresting the two men, but can't say at this time if they were actually involved in the City Park robbery.

Early Wednesday, a man walking down Spain Street in the Marigny was also held up at gunpoint. Surveillance video was taken from three different locations in the block. Police say the victim believed he was being followed, so he made his way to a porch just before being robbed. According to police, a man on another corner acted as a lookout.

The woman who owns the home where the robbery took place - whom we're choosing not to identify - says she believes the victim was trying to lose the perpetrator and believes he did the right thing by giving up his belongings when confronted with a gun.

"Our property has been trespassed upon for a potentially violent crime, so I'm angry, upset and annoyed," she said. "I'm grateful that the neighbor's camera shows the full view of the perpetrator's face and I'd like to reassure the victim that we're with him all the way."

The woman says she just purchased surveillance cameras six months ago after another incident in the neighborhood. She says she's sick of the crime and sick of feeling afraid to leave her own home.

"If you're walking alone after midnight in this area, apparently, that's not a thing to do. It's very frustrating because I really like music and I can't go out and enjoy it here in New Orleans, at night, alone," she said.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

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