NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police say they have seen a spike in armed robberies and attacks across the French Quarter and Marigny. Numerous attacks and robberies have been reported to the New Orleans Police Department in previous weeks.
The most recent incident details an armed robbery and stabbing by a group of eight men. Officers say the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 1000 block of Governor Nichols. Officers say that eight men armed with weapons attacked three men in the area. One of the victims was stabbed several times.
The suspects fled the scene after taking property from the victims, police say. The stabbing victim's condition is unknown at this time
Police have also released dramatic video of a similar incident in the 100 block of Daupine Street. Video of the incident became available on Wednesday. The incident happened just before 8 p.m. on December 11.
A 46-year-old man told police he was walking in the block at about 7:50 p.m. when he was attacked and thrown to the ground by three men. The victim was knocked unconscious and could not remember the attack. A witness saw the three go through the victim's pockets and run off. The suspects were described as three black males or two black males and one black female dressed as a male.
Dozens of other incident were reported across the French Quarter in previous weeks, several were carried out by groups of men.
Some residents say the situation is getting worse.
"Until we get more police on the street, we're going to see more of this," said Bob Simms, a French Quarter resident. "Has there been an obvious change since the state troopers left? Oh, there's no doubt since the troopers left, I think time of the year as well. I think the time of the year and troopers leaving, crime is up clearly."
Officials say they will be beefing up patrols across the 8th district to include 200 officers for the New Orleans Bowl this weekend.