NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A young man says he was forced inside his house at gunpoint and robbed in a Carrollton neighborhood. It happened Monday afternoon on Freret, just blocks from Broadway.
Describing what happened, the Tulane law student, who we're choosing not to identify, says, "He did reiterate many times, 'I don't want to have to kill somebody, I don't want to have to kill somebody.'"
The victim said he heard those words as a man held a gun to his head.
Police released surveillance pictures of the person they say held up the student Monday just after noon.
"He seemed very professional," the victim said. "One of the questions [NOPD] asked me was, 'was his hand shaking?' No shaking, he knew exactly what he was doing."
The victim says he was in his driveway, in the 7600 block of Freret, packing his car for a trip when he noticed a man walk by.
"I turned around, he demanded my keys and presented a gun," the victim said.
The suspect took the student's wallet and phone, then followed him inside his house.
"He made me get down on my knees and he put the gun behind my head and said, 'I'll be back in a couple minutes. I don't want you to move,'" the victim explained.
Neighbor Casey Dumas says, "It's always surprising when something like that happens in the middle of the day. You always think bad things happen at night."
Ronald Barnett adds, "Noonish? That's pretty bold."
Especially considering residents say this is a highly populated neighborhood. Just blocks from Tulane University, students and university personnel are constantly coming and going.
"This is actually a fairly nice part of town, you don't see a lot of things like that going on," Mason Daniel said.
The victim says he's only lived in New Orleans for a year. "[It's a] rude awakening for sure," he said.
Now, the student is without his car (a red Ford Escape), his phone, wallet, laptop and other items.
"They have clear evidence, photographic evidence of the guy," the victim said. "If they catch him, they can find the car, hopefully."
The man is optimistic the surveillance pictures will help lead to an arrest and stop the man before he strikes again.
Police were able to get the surveillance pictures of the suspect from a local gas station after the suspect used the victim's card to make a purchase.
If you know who he is, call Crimestoppers, you could be eligible for a cash reward.