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Women tied up, robbed in Carrollton home invasion


New Orleans police are investigating a home invasion Friday in the Carrollton neighborhood.

It happened at about 5 p.m. in the 7800 block of Panola Street.

Three women were inside the home at the time. Three males, described by the victims as teenagers, entered the residence through an open door. One of the suspects had his hand wrapped in a shirt and implied that he had a weapon. Two of the victims were tied up with phone and computer wires while a third victim was upstairs asleep.

The suspects stole the victims' cell phones, credit cards and cash, and then fled on foot.

"I was upstairs in my room sleeping when they came in, and I came downstairs to crying girls who said that they had been robbed and they were untying themselves," one woman said. "Apparently, they were told to shut up and be quiet the whole time, so I didn't even hear them come in. I heard when they left."

One suspect was described as a black male, 5'8" with a muscular build, short buzz cut hairstyle, and a tattoo of two unknown words across his chest. He was shirtless and wearing black pants and black and white skeleton gloves.

The second suspect was described as a black male 5'5" tall and weighing about 150 pounds with a three-inch-long twist hairstyle. He was wearing a red and black horizontal striped polo shirt. 

No description was given of the third suspect.

The NOPD said detectives are trying to determine if any of the other recent home invasions in the area are related, including one early Friday morning in the 3700 block of Vincennes Place and another Wednesday night in the 8200 block of Green Street.

The brazen burglary is unusual for this particular street, said a homeowner who has lived on the block for more than 20 years.

"It's just scary because you think you've become lax because you live in a neighborhood that nothing ever happens, and then something like this happens and of course, then you have to be more vigilant," said the homeowner, who asked not to be identified."

She said the block is often well-populated with students heading to class and diners visiting the cafe on the corner.

Another neighbor, Maria Motch, said she never worries about her safety in the neighborhood.

"I am hoping that it will not keep me from sleeping very soundly at night," Motch said. "I feel very safe in my home, but I do have an alarm system and locks and gates."

An NOPD spokesman said additional officers have been placed on patrol in and around the area. Police are urging residents to call 911 if they see or hear any suspicious. Police are also reminding residents to lock and secure their homes once inside. 

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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