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Marigny residents hope video leads to arrest of 'serial' armed robber

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For some Marigny residents, a strong feeling of unease continues.

Early Friday morning, surveillance cameras captured images of a man who, according to police, robbed victims at gunpoint in the 1400 block of Bourbon. At one point in the video, the man is seen firing his gun into the air.

Investigators believe the same man committed at least three other armed robberies in the Marigny area over the past few days, including two on Burgundy Street and another near North Rampart and Mandeville.

The NOPD believes he may also be responsible for two other attack in the 1000 block of Governor Nichols a couple weeks ago.

"It seems we have somebody who is out of control," one anonymous homeowner said. "We're calling him a serial robber because he's done several crimes around here. It's unsettling and I guess, in a way, I'm a bit kind of used to it, but still, it's frightening and I feel a little sad and depressed about it."

The homeowner is one of many in the area who now have cameras, and more crimes are being caught on video.

But some say it isn't enough.

"I'm not seeing patrol cars. I'm not seeing police officers on scooters coming through here. That should be happening, and that's definitely a deterrent," said Carol Cusimano, another resident. "[The robbers are] performing a crime right here, with cameras. Look at the [posted] signs. They're right there in front of everybody's face. It's still not stopping them."

However, with the NOPD still dealing with severe manpower issues, Marigny residents are pushing for even more digital eyes across the neighborhood.

When cameras capture crimes, NOPD officers track down the videos and quickly upload them to YouTube to help them solve the cases.

"The cameras are getting less expensive. They're getting clearer and the neighborhood association is actually giving grants to help put more cameras into the neighborhood. We've got a number of them already. We're trying to double it," said Ken Caron, a member of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association, who also volunteers with the NOPD.

Meanwhile, some residents are taking even greater precautions.

"I was happy we were safe because we have secure locks on the door," said the anonymous homeowner. "We have an alarm system. We have the cameras now. I have protection - weapons in strategic places in the house in case I need to use them."

The NOPD asks anyone with information on the man suspected in the Marigny attacks to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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