Police investigate Bayou St. John carjackings, robbery of man in wheelchair

Police investigate Bayou St. John carjackings, robbery of man in wheelchair

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In just a matter of hours, there was a string of brazen crimes in New Orleans.

Surveillance video obtained by FOX 8 shows the moment a woman was carjacked near the Fairgrounds. It happened Thursday just before 9 p.m. on Crete street. We spoke with the victim, who did not want to be identified.

"It was a brand new car. I had made my first payment earlier in the day. They took my phone, they took my keys, I couldn't get in my house. I have to totally re-key my house because the thought of them having my key out there is frightening," she said.

The video shows the victim driving home in her Toyota Scion. She's being followed.

"I just saw one who literally the second I opened my door was in my face and said give me your keys," she said.

They took off in her brand new car.

About an hour earlier, there was another brazen crime. According to preliminary police reports, a man in a wheelchair was robbed in the 4800 block of Magazine Street. Police said one man pointed a gun to the back of the victim's head and demanded his property, while another searched his pockets and took his cell phone, wallet and his cash.

And the violence didn't stop there. Initial police reports say there was another armed robbery around 1:16 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Harding. In that case, the NOPD said the suspect got away with the victim's white Subaru Forester. We talked with a neighbor who said he'll now be taking extra security measures to protect himself.

"It's scary because this is supposed to be a nice neighborhood and like kids walk around here everyday," said neighbor Morgan Smith. "I'm not going to be walking around too late at night from now on. It's not very safe."

We asked police if they believe any of those crimes are connected, but they tell us they don't have any updates at this time. If you have any information that can help investigators call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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