Police seek gang that robbed 1 victim, stabbed another in French Quarter

Police seek gang that robbed 1 victim, stabbed another in French Quarter

One man was robbed at gunpoint and another man stabbed in the chest by a group of males Wednesday night in the French Quarter.

The attacks happened within seconds of each other shortly after 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls Street.

Police said a 21-year-old man told then he was walking down the street when about eight subjects, one armed with a gun, approached from behind and surrounded him. The gunman demanded the victim's property and the victim gave him his cell phone. At the same time, the victim heard the gunman tell the other subjects to "go get them," referring to two men, unknown to the first victim, walking down the street.

Those two men, a 43-year-old and 21-year-old, were then approached and surrounded by three subjects. One of the subjects produced a knife and immediately began stabbing the 43-year-old in the chest.

The subjects fled without saying anything. The victim was taken to the hospital with a punctured lung. His condition is not known.

It's the latest in a rash of very violent robberies across the Quarter over the past few days - a trend some residents say has changed their way of life.

"I don't go out at night at all anymore," said Thom Kahler. "I mean, we used to. We used to go out to dinner. We used to go out to this or that. But no, we wouldn't unless we can hop in a cab right in front of the door there. We don't go out."

In another incident last week along Dauphine near Canal, three attackers run from behind and knock a man unconscious before searching through his pockets. It happened at 7:50 p.m.

"That's a scary thing because that means the crime period is extended from after midnight to hours when people are going to be coming home from dinners, concerts and that sort of thing," said Greg Collins.

Collins and other Quarter residents complained about numerous streetlight outages, including one in the very same location of the Gov.Nicholls attack.

The police manpower issues are well-known, but residents reiterate that they hardly ever see patrols anymore.

Some say news of each attack hits far too close to home.

"What's horrible is, this time of year it seems like that type of crime increases, but with the lack of police presence, it seems to be even more severe - certainly within the last week or two - and we're all aware of it," Collins. "Everybody who lives in the French Quarter loves to live here, but we want to live in a place that is safe."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Mobile users can view surveillance video here: http://bit.ly/1AOv72b

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