NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police say they will have extra patrols on the streets after a violent holiday weekend.
"Over the past few days, we've responded to an unusual amount of reports of armed robberies and carjackings across the city," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.
Since Friday, there have been 21 reported armed robberies, including six carjackings. According to preliminary police reports, in one of those carjackings, a group of teens hit a woman Saturday around 11:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Rampart as the victim was getting into her car. Investigators say they dragged her out then drove off with her vehicle.
"A lot of it is attributed to juveniles carjacking people for transportation, for joy riding and to use the cars to commit other robberies, and so they take the cars for the sole purpose of going to commit another robbery," Harrison said.
New Orleans police believe a number of the armed robberies and carjackings over the holiday weekend are related and were committed by juvenile offenders.
Just two hours after Harrison addressed violence in the city Monday, detectives were once again investigating another crime. This time, a 35-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 2200 block of St. Anthony Street.