Police investigate six armed robberies in a ten hour span

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Shane Riley walks back and forth to the French Quarter from his home in the 1200 block of St. Anthony St. almost every day.

"Yeah, I've been here for two years. I feel pretty comfortable in this area."

He had just walked through the neighborhood last night around 8:15 p.m. when police say a gunman approached another man and demanded his property and pants.

"I would have to see what kind of pants those are because I don't have any that's worth anything," Riley said.

While he's never heard of someone stealing another man's pants at gunpoint, just the fact that an armed robbery happened near his home is unusual.

"Especially on this block because you have people that sit out on their porches. They know everybody," Riley said. "It's a very nice neighborhood."

This was just one of six armed robberies that took place in a ten-hour span on Nov. 25.

A similar armed robbery happened in the 3300 block of Montegut just after 2 p.m. Police say two gunmen walked up to a couple of men and demanded their money and clothing.

Investigators were also called to New Orleans East where someone carjacked a woman just before midnight. A man was robbed at gunpoint in Algiers. The Boost Mobile on St. Bernard Avenue was also hit.

Then, just a block from St. Charles Avenue near Pitt and General Pershing, there was another armed robbery.

"It's just a regular neighborhood," said Alan Rosenberg, who lives in the area. "We've got a restaurant and bar around the corner and people constantly walking back and forth."

Investigators say two men were standing by their car when another vehicle pulled up with the lights off. Two gunmen got out and demanded their money. Police say the victim refused to hand over his cash and that's when the gunmen started to beat him. The other victim tried to help his friend, when police say the armed men began beating him too.

Eventually, they got what they came for and fled the scene.

Police say all six armed robberies are still being investigated. So far, no arrests have been made.

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