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Mayor Mitch Landrieu showed up at Monkey Hill Bar on Monday night to talk with the owner and patrons. (Source: Google Street View) Mayor Mitch Landrieu showed up at Monkey Hill Bar on Monday night to talk with the owner and patrons. (Source: Google Street View)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Police released surveillance video from yet another armed robbery of a popular New Orleans establishment. Masked gunmen hit Monkey Hill Bar on Monday night. The Magazine Street robbery is the third Uptown business hold-up in a matter of weeks.

Now, the feds are stepping in to fight the violence. 

Gunmen hit Patois on Aug. 20. The it was Café Atchafalaya last week. Last night, Monkey Hill Bar. In each case, as surveillance video shows, masked gunmen wearing hoodies and gloves storm into the business demanding cash while customers are still inside. 

Despite, the recent violence, New Orleanian Johnese Smith, who works on Magazine Street, said it won't keep her from going out.

"I love New Orleans. I love Uptown, I'm from Uptown. I believe the small businesses put a lot of their investment to come back to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and we want to continue to patronize them. We want to see them grow," Smith said. 

Some tourists, however, are uneasy in the Big Easy. One couple from Dallas said they don't feel safe in New Orleans after dark. That's why they dined out while there was still daylight.

"I want to have a good dinner, I don't want to watch my back, you know? You come here to have a good time and relax," said Rob Villarrel,

"I think we have been a little paranoid since we got here and heard the news, and we're definitely walking around very cautiously," said Amy Villarrel.  

Mayor Mitch Landrieu showed up at Monkey Hill Bar on Monday night to talk with the owner and patrons.

"We have these three robberies that happened, that appear to me - although the lawyers won't tell you that - they look like they are the same guys, doing the same thing," Landrieu said. "But, we don't know that for sure yet, but, we're going to get these guys. You have to be aggressive. One thing that you can do at this point in time in this city, I think people have to be aware and have to be vigilant, just like you would do if a hurricane is coming. You have to have a plan."  

The Mayor says they'll use the city's resources as well as turn to the Feds for help to fight violence in New Orleans. US Attorney, Kenneth Polite, says if the suspects did commit all three robberies, they will be federally charged once they're caught, "those similarities are sufficient enough to warrant additional federal resources. Particularly, at the investigative level. All of our federal agencies will now be involved in investigating and ultimately locating these individuals responsible for these incidents," said Polite. 

Officers will also be going door to door at Uptown businesses and homes to offer safety tips and let neighbors know what they should look out for. In the meantime, a mounted division will patrol during the day. 

Authorities are asking anyone with information about these recent armed robberies to come forward. Crimestoppers is now offering a 30-thousand dollar reward for information leading to an arrest. 

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