Neighbors fighting back after home invasion of disabled man, wife

Neighbors fighting back after home invasion of disabled man, wife

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A disabled man and his wife are the latest victims of a home invasion that happened in broad daylight.

"They said shut up because I screamed. Shut up and stay there and don't move. And I can remember by husband saying, I can't move, I can't walk."

That was the second time that victim, who FOX 8 will not identify, was held up at her own home in Lakeview.

It happened around 5 p.m. Wednesday, when she says two armed men, wearing hoodies and bandanas over their faces, busted into her house and robbed her and her disabled husband. The suspects got away in her car, with her purse, and cell phone.

Neighbors in Lakeview have had enough. In July, a father and his 15-year-old son were robbed at gunpoint on General Haig. That's when Gino Ascani decided it was time to take action. He helped start a Facebook page called Lakeview Citizen Watch. Since then, thousands of neighbors have banded together to share information and keep an eye out for one another.

"I don't know if the criminals are actually watching the news, but if they are let them be forewarned: The citizens and residents of Lakeview are taking matters into their own hands," Ascani said. "We are really coming together as a community to let everybody know that we're not going to stand for it."

Another neighbor we talked to, who we also are not identifying, says her family is not taking any chances after Wednesday's home invasion.

"My husband had cameras installed and we're actually about to go get a new doorbell to have video monitoring constantly, so when somebody rings you can see who it is before you even open the door."

The NOPD tells us the home invasion is still under investigation and they haven't made any arrests yet in the case. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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