NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A string of armed robberies shot through New Orleans with eight incidents reported by New Orleans police.
The latest incident occurred near the intersection of Jackson and St. Charles Avenues.
At 9:17 p.m. a man approached the victim, a 33-year-old woman, and tried to grab her wallet. The victim resisted, at which point the suspect pointed a gun at her head. She then gave up her wallet and the suspect fled.
Just before 6:30 p.m. , a 16-year-old teen was approached in the 2000 block of North Claiborne by two suspects described as black males.
One of the suspects grabbed the victim and struck her in the head with a rifle. The suspect also searched her pockets, took cash and fled.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint at 7:43 p.m. near the intersection of General Taylor and Dryades Streets.
The victims, two men aged 18 and 19 were walking when they were stopped by two armed men.
One of the suspects took cash from one of the men. After the robbery, both suspects fled the scene.
Just after 2:30 p.m. two men, aged 45 and 34, in a business were robbed at gunpoint.
The suspect entered the building in the 7000 block of Washington Avenue and held a gun to the first victim's head. He demanded the second victim write him a check or he would shoot the first victim in the head.
The second man complied and the suspect fled with one check.
The NOPD has identified Pierre Walters, 21, as the suspect . Walters was later arrested in the parking lot of a McDonalds restaurant on Carrollton Avenue near Xavier University.
At 4:05 a.m. two victims, a 39-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were approached by two suspects, described as black males. One suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded the victim's property.
The victim complied and the suspects fled.
Another early-morning robbery occurred at 5:24 a.m. in the 1100 block of North Rampart Street.
A 37-year-old was robbed when a man jumped out of a car and demanded the victim's cell phone and wallet. The victim complied. The suspect fled in his vehicle.
Just before 3:30 a.m. a 52-year-old man was approached by a suspect described as a black male in the 3400 block of St. Claude Avenue. The suspect pulled a gun and demanded the victim's property.
The complied and the suspect fled the scene.
Another early morning robbery occurred near the intersection of Port and Royal Streets.
Benny Naghi, the owner of Mardi Gras Zone Market, said it happened outside is business when an employee was trying to jump start his car.
"He walked into the store yelling and screaming and he couldn't say the words, like this guy has a gun and we came right out and they were gone," Naghi said.
He thinks the rash of crime could be linked to the holiday season.
"I'm not sure what is happening maybe because around the holidays it gets a little tense, but I think this year is a little worse than other years, I feel like that," Naghi said.
At 1:03 a.m. a 39-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were robbed in the 800 block of Mandeville Street.
The victims were sitting on a porch when they were approached by two suspects, described as black males. One suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded their belongings.
The victims complied and the suspects fled with a cell phone and a wallet.