NOPD investigate two separate attempted attacks on women in Marigny

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police investigate two separate attempted attacks on women this weekend that happened relatively close to one another in the Marigny.

Around 9 Saturday morning, New Orleans police say a 28-year-old woman walking near Franklin and Decatur Street was approached by a man who tried to grab her and get her into a dark SUV, where another man waited. The woman was able to escape but the incident sent shockwaves through this neighborhood.

"I think it's scary," said resident Brooke Chisholm. "It makes me definitely more concerned about getting home, to and from work especially when it happens in broad daylight."

Sunday morning around 8, a very similar story. Just one block away from Saturday's attempted abduction, police say a woman was approached from behind by a man holding a gun, who tried to force her into a vehicle. She dropped her belongings and ran.

"There's a lot of crime in this area, they gotta clean up the area," said Bywater resident Michael LaSalle.

LaSalle says he won't let any of his female friends walk alone at night, or now, during the day. Similar sentiments are being echoed on the Bywater Neighborhood Association's Facebook page. Board chairman John Guarnieri says he plans on reaching out to NOPD Fifth District Commander Chris Goodly in an effort to calm residents fears.

"He knows whenever there's an incident or a problem, we're going to be in touch with him so we're already on it," said Guarnieri.

Guarnieri says he's concerned about the three crimes and their proximity to one another. But at this point, police aren't saying if any of them are related.

The man in the composite sketch is described as being about five eight to five nine, with a thin build and a gold top tooth. He's believed to be in his mid-40's. If you know anything about these crimes, call Crimestoppers.

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