NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "It was about 10 o'clock at night. I live on one side, and my parents live on the other. He was just on the couch watching television," said the victim of a home invasion.
The victim, who FOX 8 will not identify, said a man with his face covered simply walked into his parents Uptown home in the 4500 block of Annunciation Street on Thursday (Oct. 29) and confronted his dad.
"Before my dad could even do anything, he asked for my dad's wallet. He just kind of played dumb. He really was just confused as to why this guy was even in his house," the victim said.
He said the intruder had what appeared to be a gun underneath his shirt as he continued to threaten the homeowner.
"He ended up forcing my dad to a back bedroom and tied him up with computer cords that he was just grabbing as he made his way back there," the victim said.
He said the gunman stuffed a pillow case into his dad's mouth, stole his wallet and then decided to steal a plasma television on his way out.
"We had just moved here. It's like a six- or seven-year-old TV. It's not even worth anything, and so he tried to wobble out of the house with a big TV still in the box. That's when I ran into him. I sprinted away and got on the phone with the police," the victim said.
The victim said he watched the robber stash the television by a house around the corner, and then take off on his bike. He said police responded quickly, but they were unable to catch the guy.
"The fact that someone was willing to do that for a couple of hundred dollars is ridiculous," the victim said.
"As for as being scared, Yeah, I guess I'll watch everybody walking and who's coming down the street," says Austin Nash
Nash has been living in his Uptown neighborhood for about 4 and half years.
He says people in the area are worried.
"It's happening in other parts of town, but I wasn't usually happening Uptown. It seems like it's happening Uptown now too," says Nash.
"They were definitely shaken up by it, but we're not going to give up. It's not like we're going to move," says the victim.
The victim says he and his family will instead take a stand against crime.
"What we're going to do is, we're going to double down and help this neighborhood prevent crime. I'm going to get one of those Project NOLA cameras, and prevent something like this from happening in the future,' says the victim.