NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police converged on a Gentilly neighborhood Thursday evening after an officer spotted a car investigators believe may be connected to several armed robberies and a carjacking throughout the city. State Police, SWAT and EMS also responded to the scene.
At about 6 p.m., police set up a perimeter at Gladiolus, Jonquil, Peoples and Lotus after an officer pursued a silver Camry occupied by three male into the area. A juvenile was immediately arrested, but two other subjects managed to escape.
The rash of incidents began Wednesday at 6:25 p.m. in the 5800 block of McKenna Street. An initial police report said someone in a silver car robbed the victim at gunpoint. Then, 10 minutes later, somebody tried to rob a man in the 8300 block of Willow Street. That subject was also in a silver car.
At 6:49 p.m. Wednesday, someone robbed a man painting a house in the 8700 block of Spruce Street. Police said that subject fled in a silver vehicle.
On Thursday just after 2 p.m., officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 2700 block of Onzaga Street. They said the victim got out of her vehicle and was approached by a black male wearing a skeleton mask and dark pants. He produced a weapon and demanded her purse. The victim complied and the suspect fled in a silver sedan that went northbound on Onzaga Street toward Gentilly Boulevard.
Then, at around 2:20 p.m., a male victim was approached from behind in the 4600 block of Francisco Verrett Drive by an black male who demanded his property. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene in what was described as a light gray vehicle heading northbound on Francisco Verrett Drive, then eastbound on Leeds Street, then unknown. The suspect was described as a black male with a light complexion standing about 5'7".
Also on Thursday, police confirmed a carjacking in the 2700 block of Decatur Street at 4:38 p.m., and then an armed robbery in the 700 block of Congress Street at 4:42 p.m.
Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Callers may remain anonymous and could be leegible for a reward.