Alarming video released of store holdup

Alarming video released of store holdup

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police release an alarming video, showing a New Orleans cashier being held up at gunpoint.  The incident happened Wednesday morning around 5 am at the at the Discount Zone located at 1533 Esplanade Avenue.

The suspect walked into the store around 5 am and asked to purchase a cigar. As the clerk turned to retrieve it, video shows the man pulling a gun out of his waistband.  He demanded money out of the register, all the while keeping the gun pointed at the cashier.  The clerk complied, handing over the money to the gunman, who then ran out of the store. .

The New Orleans Police Department described the suspect as a black male 40 to 50 years of age.  He was wearing a camouflage beanie hat, purple zip-up hooded sweatshirt, white polo style shirt and dark pants.

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Anyone with information can either contact detectives at the First District at 658-6010 or contact Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.  A cash reward of up to $2,500 is available for information leading to an arrest.  Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at

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