A masked gunman robbed at least six businesses in the past five weeks, according to New Orleans police.
NOPD said the suspect attacked convenience stores at these five locations, robbing the S. Carrollton store twice:
- 3400 block of S. Carrollton
- 1300 block of S. Jeff Davis
- 7800 block of Earhart
- 8700 block of S. Claiborne
- 4100 block of S. Claiborne
Surveillance video from the most recent attack Friday at the Discount Corner Store in the 8700 block of South Claiborne Avenue shows the masked gunman demanding money at the counter before the doorbell even finishes signaling that he's made it inside.
One cashier screams "Hey, hey, hey" as the robber demands that the other "open the drawer."
The younger cashier screams, "Okay, I'm a go open it. I'm a go open it!"
Within moments, the robber jumps head first - gun drawn - through the protection panel.
"Bro bro," the cashier screams. "I'm a go open it! Chill out, chill out, I'm opening it! I swear to God on my dead sister's grave."
A camera above a second cash register shakes as the robber jumps to the other side. One of the cashiers crawls backward across the ground to escape while the other yells for the robber to wait.
"I'm new here bro, wait! I'm new here for Heaven's sake," the cashier says.
The robber strikes the cashier, and then grabs the money.
It may have been pretty routine for the gunman, because police believe it was the sixth time he robbed an Uptown store in the past five weeks.
"The individual is wearing a gray jacket, he always has a mask covering his face and he's wearing gloves, and he's targeting convenience stores," said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel.
The general manager of a Discount Corner store a few blocks down Claiborne said his store hadn't been targeted in 14 years. However, this month it was robbed twice. At least once, police believe, by the same masked man.
"They come maybe 12 o'clock in the night. I had one customer in front of the cashier," said General Manager Ahmad Dorry.
Dorry described how a customer fought back to protect the cashier.
"He started fighting with the guy after he saw that he had a gun. He took his hand and they fighting each other - with my customer. Then he fell down in front of the door and he ran away," said Dorry.
Noel said the suspect is unique because detectives usually catch robbers before they are able to attack multiple locations.
"We haven't had - in 2014, this is only like the third time where we've had an individual commit a bunch of armed robberies, and there's no doubt our team is going to do everything they can to catch this individual," said Noel.
The cashier who had backed away on the ground from the gunman during the most recent attack said he has little confidence the robber will be caught. However, he hopes the robber jumping back over the counter and making off with $2,000 will be the last he ever sees of the masked man.
NOPD sent this information about the case:
"The NOPD is asking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted for Armed Robbery. The incident took place October 3, 2014 at the Discount Corner Store located at 8733 South Claiborne Avenue.
"At approximately 11:00 p.m., the suspect rode a red beach cruiser bicycle to the business. Once inside, he pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. He climbed over the counter and grabbed cash from the register and fled the location on his bicycle.
"The suspect was described as a black male 6'0" tall, 175 pounds with a mask covering his face. He was wearing a camouflaged army jacket with a hood, black pants and black shoes.
"Detectives believe the suspect may be responsible for several armed robberies and will disclose the locations when determined.
"Second District Detectives are investigating the incident and can be contacted at 658-6020.
"Citizens with information about this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP(7867) or Text your crime tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Text TELLCS then your crime information. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to CRIMESTOPPERS at www.crimestoppersgno.org."