NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A woman who was rear-ended Monday near the Gert Town-Hollygrove border was then carjacked and robbed in Metairie by two people in the SUV that hit her, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
The incident began just after 11 p.m. in the 8500 block of Palmetto Street, where the victim said the driver of a white SUV lightly tapped the back of her silver Camry. The victim didn't stop, and the SUV hit her again. Fearing for her safety, the victim told police she did not get out of the car but instead drove to a friend's home on Hector Avenue in Metairie.
The victim said the SUV followed her there, and when she tried to make it to the front door, a man and a woman in the SUV got out and tried to talk to her. At some point the woman slapped the victim, knocking her to the ground, and grabbed her purse and keys. The man and woman then fled in the victim's Camry while three other men took off in the SUV.
The victim's car bears Louisiana license plate VNE044.
Fortunato said anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation should call 911 and drive to a police station or an open business or other public place.
New Orleans police are assisting JPSO in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the JPSO investigation bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.