Witness says 911 failed crime victim; police search for at least 3 gunmen

Witness says 911 failed crime victim; police search for at least 3 gunmen

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police are searching for at least three gunmen after three separate armed robberies in the Marigny all within an hour of each other.

In at least two instances, one on Pauger near Burgundy and the other on Royal about a block away from Frenchmen, victims told police three gunmen wearing masks or bandanas brandished weapons before getting away with cash and property.

In a third armed robbery on Pauger near Dauphine, one man, who FOX 8 will not identify, saw at least two men hold up a woman outside his window just after midnight.

"I just heard this huge commotion outside and this woman screaming right outside the window and I kinda foolishly, didn't think," the witness said. "I thought it was just somebody fighting. I opened up the window and pulled back the blinds, the blinds were closed, and said, 'What's going on?' And that's when I saw the guy right outside the window and he turned and pointed the gun at me."

That's when he said he ducked behind a bookshelf for safety, grabbed his phone and started to dial 911.

"It just kept ringing, there was no answer, which yeah, I was getting really pissed off, I was yelling at the phone, 'Pick up the phone, why aren't you answering the phone. It's 911, why aren't you answering the phone?'" the witness said.

He said after an initial call he got frustrated and hung up, but called right back and waited on the line for an answer.

"It felt like it was probably around ten minutes, and the unfortunate thing was, the officers that were responding, as soon as they got the call, they were here in a few seconds," the man said. "One of the officers, you could see the frustration on his face, he said, 'We had ten units in the area, looking for these guys,' and the call didn't get to them in time," the man said.

The other two armed robberies were all within an hour of each other and all happened in about a three-block radius in the Marigny near Frenchmen.

For the man that could only wait on the phone while two women were robbed at gunpoint, it's a sobering reality to face in his neighborhood.

"It kept me up all night, wondering if I could've done something and instead of doing something I called an unresponsive 911 system that took them ten minutes to answer the phone," he said.

Now he hopes to ensure his safety in the neighborhood with or without help from 911.

"I had been considering getting a gun, I just didn't go forward with it and it's pushed me over the edge, because when I call 911 it's not always going to be there," he said.

Police said they are looking into the call times to 911 connected to the robbery.

If you have information that could help police identify the gunmen contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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