Thief targets tourists in Garden District - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

Thief targets tourists in Garden District

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Two tourist admiring homes in the Garden District were held up at gunpoint in the afternoon on Labor Day.

Police said the thief made off with purses after holding up the two women near the corner of Philip and Camp streets.

“It's a little concerning, because it's gonna hurt tourism and people will be less likely to come to New Orleans, and it's such a beautiful city and it has so much culture and so many things to offer,” said Marissa Roberts, who lives on the north shore.

But it might be the beauty of the city that’s drawing people back - despite the crime.

“We don't have any data to suggest that crime is cancelling people's trips to the city, but we all know the more lawless a city becomes the less attractive it is for tourists and citizens alike,” said Kristian Sonnier with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

That’s echoed by people who’ve traveled across the world to visit New Orleans.

“It's so beautiful here, and I don't think it's more dangerous than other places. Robbers will be everywhere, so I don't care, we're just gonna have fun and hope for the best,” said German tourist Nicole Sigel.

“I think even if we were robbed, it's still worth going because of the culture and what New Orleans is offering. It's got a great culture, it’s got great sites, it's always worth going,” said German tourist Nina Rotermund.

Police are still looking for the thief. If you have information that could help police, contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Mother of autistic sons awaits medical marijuana

    Mother of autistic sons awaits medical marijuana

    Medical marijuana was supposed to be available in Louisiana next month, but the manual isn't done and the production facility is still under renovation. (Source: Flickr Commons)Medical marijuana was supposed to be available in Louisiana next month, but the manual isn't done and the production facility is still under renovation. (Source: Flickr Commons)

    Louisiana residents awaiting access to medical marijuana will have to wait a little longer. 

    more>>

    Louisiana residents awaiting access to medical marijuana will have to wait a little longer. 

    more>>
  • Saints TE Ben Watson stays steady

    Saints TE Ben Watson stays steady

    Ben Watson remains steady for Saints (Source: Mark LaGrange)Ben Watson remains steady for Saints (Source: Mark LaGrange)
    Ben Watson remains steady for Saints (Source: Mark LaGrange)Ben Watson remains steady for Saints (Source: Mark LaGrange)
    For tight end Ben Watson it's season #15. But he admitted he didn't know if he was going to get there. " I would say that at the end of last year I was very unsure if I was going to continue playing," Watson said." I knew that if I did play there only a very small number of places that I'd consider going.  One of those teams were the saints..because it was here where Watson had the best statistical season of his career in 2015... " There's a combinatio...more>>
    For tight end Ben Watson it's season #15. But he admitted he didn't know if he was going to get there. " I would say that at the end of last year I was very unsure if I was going to continue playing," Watson said." I knew that if I did play there only a very small number of places that I'd consider going.  One of those teams were the saints..because it was here where Watson had the best statistical season of his career in 2015... " There's a combinatio...more>>
  • Coach Payton 'anticipates' Marcus Davenport playing against the Chargers

    Coach Payton 'anticipates' Marcus Davenport playing against the Chargers

    Marcus Davenport has been nursing a groin injury. Source: Nola.comMarcus Davenport has been nursing a groin injury. Source: Nola.com
    Marcus Davenport has been nursing a groin injury. Source: Nola.comMarcus Davenport has been nursing a groin injury. Source: Nola.com

    First-round draft pick Marcus Davenport missed almost three weeks of action during Saints training camp. This weekend, Davenport was back at practice, and all signs point to the rookie playing against the Chargers this Saturday. "The assignment, he'll know. He's been practicing in the meetings. It's just making sure he's 100 percent. But I anticipate that happening this week. I anticipate him being able to work this week and get some playing time," said Sean Payton. The Un...

    more>>

    First-round draft pick Marcus Davenport missed almost three weeks of action during Saints training camp. This weekend, Davenport was back at practice, and all signs point to the rookie playing against the Chargers this Saturday. "The assignment, he'll know. He's been practicing in the meetings. It's just making sure he's 100 percent. But I anticipate that happening this week. I anticipate him being able to work this week and get some playing time," said Sean Payton. The Un...

    more>>
Powered by Frankly