Lakeview residents sound off after dad, son robbed at gunpoint

Lakeview residents sound off after dad, son robbed at gunpoint

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Lakeview residents say it's time for something to be done after a man and his son were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night. It was just the latest in a series of crimes in which possible suspects were caught on video.

"This infuriates me," said Lakeview resident Gino Ascani.

Ascani's camera spies three men walking toward Harrison Avenue at around 11:45 p.m. checking car doors - including his own. Moments after they walk out of frame, two gunmen held up a father and a son on a front porch in the 6900 block of Gen. Haig Street just out of camera range.

"He kept saying not to look at him, 'look at the door, don't look at me,''" said the victim. "There were two of them talking like that."

He and his 15- year-old son were checking on a friend's house when two armed men ordered them to the ground, placed guns to their heads and took their wallets and keys.

"I'm very relieved to be here,' the victim said, his voice cracking.

The gunmen fled in the victim's Acura SUV toward Robert E. Lee Boulevard.

"These people have zero regard for life," Ascani said. "You tell me what the solution is."

Ascani's camera's been busy lately. Four nights ago, it captured images of four men walking down Gen. Haig.

"When I woke up the next day, I noticed my belongings all over the street," said another victim eight houses away.

On Saturday night, robbers took a Glock handgun from the man's  car,  one block from Thursday night's armed robbery.

"I would bet money that they used that same gun in the carjacking last night," Ascani said.

"Yeah. It makes me feel bad," said the victim whose Glock was stolen.

FOX 8 tracked crime in a 200-block section of Lakeview over the past year and a half. We tracked 83 burglaries and four armed robberies since January 2014.

"It's scary to walk out after midnight," one resident said. "This happening two doors down is ridiculous."

Lakeview residents are part of a special taxing district that pays an extra $125 a year for patrols, and they have some very definite ideas on what more needs to be done.

"It would take two seconds to monitor every license plate in Lakeview. I don't think anyone would think that's a violation of privacy," said Ascani.

"Obviously I'm going to be more aware," said the victim in Wednesday night's robbery. "It's a growing trend in this city - the more brazen crime - and officials need to make it their top priority to make it safe."

Many of the Lakeview residents we spoke with said they were heading to a neighborhood meeting on budget priorities Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the 5800 block of Fleur de Lis. The mayor and Councilwoman Susan Guidry would also be there.

For its part, the NOPD said the investigation is ongoing a suspect description has not been developed. Investigators are urging anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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