Violent crime won't deter Essence visitors

Violent crime won't deter Essence visitors

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A pair of armed robberies in and near the French Quarter left some visitors worried during the busy holiday weekend.

It was around 6:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Canal Street when a man was robbed by an individual who stuck an object in his side, according to a police report.

Only two hours later, in the 500 block of Iberville, police reported another man was robbed by five people, one who had a knife, who got away with cash and the man's new shoes.

The violent crime happened only a few blocks away from the fanfare of Essence Fest.

"It worries me, but it's kind of sad to say we're kind of immune to it. New Orleans has a lot of crime, we hear it all the time every day, even when events aren't going on, but we still encourage people to get out, but it's something you have to ignore sadly,"  said Shan'te Johnson, who lives in New Orleans and was taking part in Essence Fest.

For the folks who traveled hundreds of miles to be a part of the "The Party with a Purpose," crime won't deter them from their experience.

"We're staying in a pretty safe area and I feel like we're pretty safe and the stories that I hear, that's basically everywhere, every city you're gonna have some kind of crime like that, so that doesn't deter me from coming," said Velera McKay, who is visiting from Memphis.

Locals know the benefit of Essence is too good to pass up and won't let any stories of crime scare them away from the festival.

"Stuff happens in life, you just have to set that aside and enjoy yourself, not worry about what you think may happen or might happen," said Greg White, a New Orleans native who was showing out-of-towners around.

Essence Festival continues on Sunday.

If you have information about the two armed robberies contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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