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Four Central City businesses hit in a string of armed robberies

Surveillance photo near a business robbed on South Claiborne Avenue. (Source: Fox 8 Photo) Surveillance photo near a business robbed on South Claiborne Avenue. (Source: Fox 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

New Orleans police are investigating three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery that happened in Central City on Thursday.

The first incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. at a Rally’s in the 2200 block of South Claiborne Avenue.

Initial police reports indicate a suspect, described as a black man, walked up to the service window and raised his shirt, showing a gun in his waistband.

He demanded cash and the cashier complied. He then fled the scene on foot down Jackson Avenue toward South Derbigny Street.

The next robbery happened at just before 5:45 p.m. in the 4600 block of Earhart Boulevard.

The suspect, described as a black man, entered the mechanic yard, produced a black revolver and demanded cash.

The victim, a 27-year-old male employee, complied and the suspect fled on foot down Earhart Boulevard.

The next incident, which occurred just after 7 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue, is classified as an attempted armed robbery.

A suspect, described as a black man, entered the Diamond Beauty Supply Store and demanded money from the register.

The employee, a 40-year-old woman, locked the register and hit the panic button.

The subject implied he had a weapon and threatened her.

When the subject realized another employee in the store was calling the police, he fled the scene.

The fourth incident happened just before 7:15 p.m. in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue.

A suspect, described as a black man, entered “It’s Fashion” and demanded money from the register.

The suspect implied he had a weapon and the 30-year-old store employee complied.

The suspect then fled the scene.

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