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NOPD looks for suspects in separate cases of female kidnappings

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Police are working to solve two separate crimes involving armed men allegedly forcing females into vehicles against their will. In one of the cases, police said a woman was sexually assaulted. Police released composite sketches of two of the three suspects in that case.

According to police, a 24-year-old woman was getting out of her car around 3 p.m. Thursday in the 4900 Block of Demontl uzin Street near Mirabeau when a man with a gun approached and forced her back into her car. The suspect allegedly then drove around the block and picked up two other men. The woman told police the men drove her to the 11000 Block of Old Gentilly Road where they sexually assaulted her and then let her go.

The suspects then fled in the woman's red, four-door 2005 Chevrolet Malibu which has a Florida license plate.

"Obviously, it's horrific and surprising to happen in such a nice neighborhood in the middle of the day, it's very upsetting,” said Robert Gordon, a property owner in the Gentilly neighborhood where the crime began.

He and others are appalled and shocked that something of that nature could occur in the normally peaceful area.

"We haven't seen anything," Gordon said. "We've been working on this house for the last four or five months, and we've been here every day and we really haven't seen anything or heard of any problems.”

Police said earlier Thursday there was another crime involving weapons and a female.

It occurred at the intersection of Bergerac Street and Dwyer Boulevard in the Village de l'est community.

Police said a 17-year-old female told them she was waiting at a bus stop when a light-colored vehicle approached. She said a male passenger got out with a gun and forced her into the front seat of the car. Then the driver took off and the armed passenger forced the teen into the back seat of the car and then began unbuckling his pants.

Investigators said the teen somehow opened the door of the moving car and jumped out.

She was treated for abrasions to her wrists and ankle.

The vehicle is described as having a black stripe above the rear bumper.

"Never heard of it in this neighborhood,” said a resident living on the street.

He said that type of crime is out of the ordinary.

"It's very shocking. It's unbelievable, you know? How could this happen this close to my house? I live right here, and it's the next corner where it happened at,” the resident said.

He said parents should accompany their children to the bus stop when the sun has not come up.

Darlene Santana, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children said the times dictate increased awareness.

"You're pulling up in front your house, or parking in your driveway - just be aware if there's anybody strange hanging around, and don't hesitate to call the police,” Santana said.

And Santana believes it would be a good idea for everyone to inform themselves about where crimes are happening. 

"And definitely don't travel or walk around with the ear-buds in your ear so that you can't hear what's going on," she said. "Be aware of your surroundings.”

Anyone with information that could help solve the crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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