Bywater carjacking part of a 'trend' of attacks, resident says

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Some Bywater residents say they're fed up after a carjacking Monday night near the corner of Clouet and N. Rampart streets.

"When you hear things like this, it makes me pause," Pamela Davis-Noland said.

Davis-Noland runs the Bywater Bed and Breakfast on Clouet just a few doors down from where police say three armed men carjacked a man at about 11 p.m. as he was unloading groceries from his car.

[It's] scary for me and for my guests, you know, that come to New Orleans to have a good time and feel safe when they're here," Davis-Noland said.

Police said the trio approached the victim and demanded the keys to his silver Mercedes Benz. The victim did as he was told, and while he didn't want to speak to us on camera, he said crime is a recurring theme in his neighborhood.

Those living nearby agree. Another woman we spoke with asked not to be identified.

"With this carjacking and my neighbors car being broken into, and like I said - there's concerns about these kids riding around on the bikes," she said. "One girl got hit on the head with either a tire iron or some sort of wand or baton the other night, and a couple of other couples have been attacked."

And she wonders why more isn't being done to stop the trend. In the carjacking case, police eventually recovered the victim's Mercedes in the Seventh Ward, where the thieves had crashed and abandoned it.

"I just feel like we need to be constantly vigilant," one woman said. "And that's really annoying. You don't want to have to be paranoid and looking over your shoulder all the time, but that's the way I feel."

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