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Woman robbed in New Orleans East after trying to meet man from Instagram

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A woman, held up at gunpoint, is robbed of hundreds of dollars cash plus her cell phone. The robbery happened in the 6100 of Erin Drive and according to police, is connected to social media.

It's a popular social media tool used by people of all ages. Yet, New Orleans police say a 19-year-old wanting to connect with a man she met on Instagram, is now, a victim of crime.

“It’s crazy, I don’t know why that would happen but I guess criminals will use whatever they can to get to a person,” New Orleans East resident Kenneth Crowley, Sr., said.

The victim told police the robbery happened on Erin Drive in the East at around 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

“Nothing like that is ever happening, no robbery, no shooting, this is a pretty good neighborhood,” resident Kevin Dylan commented.

According to police, when the young woman showed up, an unknown man pointed a gun at her and took her belongings, including $300 and a cell phone.

This isn't the first time police say they've responded to a crime resulting from some type of online interaction. Two years ago, officers in the Uptown area investigated a number of armed robberies and carjackings, saying all the victims showed up to locations, hoping to meet women they'd chatted with online.

Back on Erin Drive, people who live along this street want to know if the man responsible for this armed robbery, lives here too.

Sandy Hinton says, “Scary because my wife comes home, she works retail and she comes home, 9, 10:00 at night. I have my lights on, but still, anything can happen.”

Hinton says this street is fairly secluded, explaining, “I didn’t even know nothing about this street until I moved here, 12 years ago, I didn’t know this existed back here.”

While some here use tools like surveillance cameras for safety others say they'll keep an eye out for each other until police make an arrest.

Police haven't yet released a description of the gunman.

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