NOPD seeking armed men posing as police officers during carjacking

NOPD seeking armed men posing as police officers during carjacking

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are looking for two armed men who impersonated police officers Tuesday morning during a carjacking in Gentilly.

Police said it happened around 12:30 a.m. at Press and Prentiss streets, where the victim reported being pulled over by two armed men in a 2014 or 2015 black Dodge Charger with flashing blue lights in the dash and front grill. Investigators said the men then stole the victim's wallet, cell phone and car.

The suspects were described as wearing fatigues, black combat boots and black paintball helmets with chrome around the eye holes.

Donna Petrie was alarmed to hear the news.

"I think that's awful, I mean I come here to wait for my daughter to come out of school for her class so I can get her to her next class," Petrie said. "To know that I'm actually in danger just sitting here because anyone could come up, they could have done the same thing to me."

The NOPD offers this advice for anyone who may be concerned about whether they're being pulled over by a real officer.

"If you feel uncomfortable with this type of situation, immediately continue to drive the speed limit, get on the phone, dial 911 and tell our 911 operators, 'Look I don't believe this is a police unit, I don't feel comfortable with it,'" said Third District Sgt. Frank Robertson III. "The next thing we ask them to do while they're still giving communication to our dispatchers, giving street locations, locations, landmarks where they are, drive to the nearest police station, if they feel like that's going to be a safe haven for them also. We strongly encourage that."

The NOPD said the stolen car is a silver, four-door 2010 Acura TL with the Louisiana license plate ZFX767.

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

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