NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for at least five armed robberies in the Second District, saying he is targeting women who are alone.
The most recent incident occurred Wednesday at 12:45 a.m. in the 7000 block of Walmsley Street.
Police say the victim was sitting on her front porch when she was approached by an unknown black man armed with a handgun. The gunman demanded the victim's purse which had her credit card and iPhone inside. He also demanded her PIN number to the card. After the victim handed over the property and provided the PIN number, the suspect ran away.
Around 2:20 a.m. the same morning, surveillance footage at an ATM, located at 8807 S. Claiborne Avenue, captured the suspect using the woman's card to withdraw money.
Another woman was robbed Tuesday night on Audubon Boulevard.
"I was just so scared because I'm not from here," the 22-year-old victim said.
She said she was walking down Audubon Boulevard between Claiborne and Willow at about 10:30 p.m.
"I was texting with my friends that I met in the French Quarter, and I didn't see or hear anything," she said. "When I looked up, I had a gun in my face."
The victim said the gunman starting pulling on her purse.
"I started screaming and crying for help. Then, he started hitting his gun on my head. It was maybe four or five times. I was so afraid that he would shoot me or knock me out, so I let go of my purse," she said.
The victim was bleeding and collapsed to the ground, but still had her cell phone in her hand. She said at that point, she knew she had to do something to get a description of the man.
"I was like, I need to remember as much as possible. So I was like, I need to be brave. I have to step a closer to the car and take a picture of the license plate before he drives off," she said.
The victim was able to take a picture, and NOPD detectives are investigating the vehicle's connection to the armed robbery.
Police say the man is also responsible for an Sunday morning armed robbery at the Magnolia Discount on Airline Highway. Surveillance video from the store shows the man walk straight up to the cashier with his gun drawn and demand money. He's wearing the same clothes as in the ATM surveillance video. He got out of the store within seconds with the money from the register.
If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD Second District detectives at (504) 658-6060 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.