NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman was robbed of her car at gunpoint Friday morning as she stood outside a restaurant in Mid-City.
The robbery took at about 8 a.m. in the 4300 block of Banks Street.
The victim was waiting for the restaurant to open when she was approached by a man she thought was going to try to talk to her.
"I had no fear in the world," the victim said. "I was going for a business meeting."
But things changed when she saw the gun.
"He sat down next to me and said, 'you're not going to scream you're not going to make noise. I want your keys and I want your cell phone.' And I handed him both," she said.
The victim said the man then demanded that she come with him.
"He said, 'Ok, now we are going to walk over to the car. Which car is yours?' I told him which one was mine and where it was parked. And he says, 'Ok now we are going to walk there.' And I didn't get up," she said. "And he 'says come on we are going now.'"
The victim then said the robber told her he just wanted to go see his children, and he begged her to come along.
"I stayed put and he said 'come on. Come on.' And he said, 'please, I'm just trying to get my kids,' and his eyes started to actually well up with tears," she said. "He started walking, and as soon as there was a little distance between us, I ran into the restaurant and freaked out."
The man fled in her black 2002 BMW Z3 with license plate VAM223.
"Never had a worry and I just always feel confident, and I don't know if I'm ever going to feel that way again after this," the victim said. "I think that's really broken it for me."
The man is described as a black male with a bald head, a large beard, approximately 5'10"tall and about 180 pounds. He was wearing a lime green construction vest.
A still photo was captured from Project NOLA surveillance footage.
Third District Detectives are investigating the incident and can be contacted at 658-6030.
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