NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating after an elderly woman was attacked and carjacked in Mid-City. It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 4200 block of Dumaine Street.
"They threw her down, they kicked her, she has seven staples in the back of her head. She got kicked in the jaw which is, you know, very sore today," said the victim's friend, Callie Dean.
The NOPD says the 76-year-old victim didn't know the two young men who attacked her, but she said they were wearing white gauze wrapped around their faces.
"She thinks somebody followed her from Uptown and she pulled into her driveway, picked up her newspaper, got out of the car - she had her keys in her hand. As she passed in front of her car, two men attacked her. She tried to beat them off. She tried to hold her keys," Dean said.
Investigators said they got away with the victim's car and cell phone. While Dean is now caring for her friend after she was released from the hospital, neighbors are surprised to hear the news.
"I choose to live in the neighborhood because it's safe, it's near the park, it's near great restaurants. I made a very thoughtful decision to move here, and I can't imagine this happening," said neighbor Gary Watson.
Dean said her friend has lived in New Orleans for 40 years and is well-known in the community. She tells us this is especially sad for her, considering how much she enjoys going out.
"This is a woman who travels the streets and goes out to every single, solitary event, every musical event in the city, and whether she is going to feel like she can continue to do that, I don't know," said Dean. "As we get older, you know, can we really live here? I mean, we've got to think about that."
Police say the two attackers took off with the victim's royal blue 2005 Toyota Avalon. It has a New Orleans Saints license plate with the tag number 14566. The car has damage to the rear passenger side as well as the front driver's side. If you know where that car is or have any information about the case call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.