Residents uneasy after 2 carjacking in Gentilly

Residents uneasy after two carjackings in Gentilly

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A pair of carjackings a mile apart in Gentilly have those who live nearby on edge.

"It's scary," said one woman who asked not to be identified. "It's just me and my son here, so it's scary."

She said she heard a commotion right outside her window Tuesday night in the 5500 block of Music Street in Gentilly.

"I did hear tires squeal off, and like I say, a big 'ol bang or something like a door closing hard," she said.

Police said two men wearing ski masks forced an 18-year-old woman from her car near this corner. The woman we talked to said she isn't really surprised. In fact, she said it follows a disturbing trend.

"It happens around here," she said. "They have broken into the cars about a month ago. They have broken into my neighbor's car, my car, other cars around here."

Lack of police patrols and the cover of darkness apparently make crimes like this one all too easy.

"There's no lights on either corner," the woman said.

The woman involved wasn't hurt. The masked men made off with her gray 2008 Nissan Versa.

About 40 minutes later, just over a mile away on Athis Street in Gentilly, another crime of opportunity. A man pulling into his driveway was held up at gunpoint. The gunman demanded his belongings and took off in his 2012 Toyota Camry.

Off camera, neighbors in the area said the gunman parked his own Toyota Tundra pickup truck nearby and was testing door handles of other cars before the carjacking.

And they say he had help. Both the gunman's truck and the stolen Camry were gone moments after the incident.

The stolen Camry has black paint and bears Louisiana license plate WVP962.

Anyone with information about either carjacking is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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