Cyclist robbed at gunpoint near Lafitte Greenway

Man robbed at gunpoint near Lafitte Greenway

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Monday near the Lafitte Greenway bicycle path.

The incident occurred at 5:32 p.m. near the intersection of Broad and Lafitte streets.

A 40-year-old man told police he was crossing Broad Street when he was approached by three armed subjects who demanded he get off of his bike and lay on the ground.

One of the suspects searched his pockets and took $200. Another put a gun to the victim's head and pulled the trigger, but the weapon did not fire.

The three suspects then fled the scene.

The suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect 1: Black male in his 30s, medium build, short hair wearing a white t-shirt and dark-colored pants
  • Suspect 2: Black male in his 20s, slim build, short hair, wearing white t-shirt and blue jeans
  • Suspect 3: Black male in his 20s, slim build, wearing a white t-shirt

On Tuesday we spoke to another bike rider, Carl Patton, who travels the newly completed bike path every other day. News of the armed robbery was an unwelcome surprise.

"I watch myself on that end or on this end, but as far as right here? Naw," Patton said.

The bike path borders the barbed wire fence of a refueling station where police and city workers fill their tanks. In the short time our cameras filmed this story, several police and city vehicles came and went.
"Police is right here to my right, so I can't see anything happening right here at St. Louis and Broad," Patton said. Somebody should have seen something - anybody. Cars don't ever stop coming."

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