NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery in Lakeview.
"I was coming home from a trip, and I was unloading my truck when an officer came up in his car," resident Rudy Morel said.
Morel said when he saw the police presence in his Lakeview neighborhood, he knew something had happened.
"Then, there was another officer down here. He was signaling this way," Morel said.
The robbery happened just before 11 p.m. and was captured on surveillance video. Police said the 18-year-old victim had just parked his car near the corner of Marshall Foch and Hidalgo streets. When he got out of the car, two men and a woman approached him from the opposite side of the street.
The victim's family says they believe the perpetrators were hiding behind some trees. They said one of them wore a mask while the other two had hoodies tied tight around their faces. They surrounded the victim and one of them put a gun to him and demanded his keys.
After the victim complied, the woman jumped in the car and took off. The other two left on foot.
"When my parents told me who it was, I was shocked. I'm just glad that he's OK," said a friend of the the victim.
The victim's friend did not want to be identified, but told he FOX 8 that he fears for his own safety especially walking alone after dark.
"You've just got to be aware of what's around you and what's beside you."
"I would hope that everybody sees the importance of the surveillance and get quality cameras," says Gino Ascani.
Lakeview Citizen Watch founder, Gino Ascani, is in the middle of a big push to get cameras on every Lakeview home.
The goal is to one day pay an off-duty officer to watch the footage in real time. He says it's a better option than having those boots on the ground.
"The patrols are great, but I don't know how many people have been caught by patrols driving down the street 10 to 15 miles per hour with their headlights on and announcing that they're there," says Ascani.
The victim's family is just thankful that their son wasn't harmed.
Now, they hope those responsible are caught soon.
We're told Jefferson Parish Deputies found the victim's car last night on Monticello near the parish line.
So far, police do not have any suspects.