NOPD: 6 carjackings connected to the same suspects

NOPD: 6 carjackings connected to the same suspects

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police say they've connected six carjackings that happened in the past 48 hours all over the city, from New Orleans East to Uptown.

"It's very scary. I came home last night and blew the horn for my husband to meet me at the door," one woman said.

Drivers say they're frightened after hearing about another carjacking that involved a victim being rear-ended and then robbed.

"You just don't know where you're safe anymore. There's no safe place," said Debbie Woods.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. when a woman stopped her Hyundai Elantra at a red light at St. Charles and Nashville avenues. Police said a silver vehicle with four men inside rear-ended her car. When the victim got out of her vehicle to inspect the damage, two suspects jumped in her Elantra and took off.

"I don't know, but like the fact that somebody feels comfortable to rear-end somebody on St. Charles in the middle of this busy intersection, and they feel fine to do it, it's a warning for me," Nadine Zawadzki said.

"It's happening around campus, and this is my first year here. It's scary for me going out at night. It does feel scary to me," Pritika Shaima said.

It was just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when police said a group of men carjacked a woman near the intersection of Nashville and South Claiborne avenues.

"She came to a stop at a red light. She was then rear-ended by a silver vehicle in which an individual or occupants of that other vehicle exited the vehicle and began asking her not to call the police," Commander Shaun Ferguson said.

Police said the victim tried to talk to the men, but they pushed her to the ground and one of them jumped in her 2007 Lexus and took off.

"You just don't know who to trust," Debbie Woods said.

The NOPD said there are things you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

"Should you be rear-ended for some reason and you do not feel comfortable where you are, I would say continue to a well-lit area in which you feel is more of a safe haven, and you can communicate with the driver," Ferguson said.

The NOPD says no matter what, don't hesitate to call 911.

Police say there may be other incidents connected to the same suspects committing these carjackings. Following are the incident police have connected:

K-22537-16, 64J, 7700 block of Read Boulevard; occurred: 11-21-2016 at 2:24 p.m.

The victim was stopped on the side of the road in her 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt when an unknown black male, approximately 20-30 years old with black medium-length hair approached the passenger side window, which was partially down. He was armed with a silver handgun. The suspect got into the passenger seat and ordered the victim to drive to Queisser and Hansbrough, where he told the victim to get out of the car. The victim was not able to get out without her walker so the suspect got her walker out of the car and then helped the victim exit the vehicle. He then fled the scene in the victim's car. 

K-23010-16, 64G, 8300 block Chef Menteur Highway; occurred 11-22-2016 at 12:15 a.m.

The victims reported they were approached by several suspects in a small silver car believed to be the Cobalt from Read Boulevard. The victims were robbed of their property including several iPhones.

K-23051-16, 65J, Nashville and South Claiborne; occurred 11-22-2016 at 1:50 a.m.

The victim reported she was stopped at the red light at the intersection of Nashville and South Claiborne avenues when she was rear-ended by a gray four-door vehicle. The car was occupied by three unknown black males. Two of the suspects exited the vehicle, spoke with the victim for a moment then one of the males jumped into the victim's vehicle and drove off.  The second suspect returned to his vehicle and followed the victim's vehicle down South Claiborne toward Calhoun Street and then disappeared.

K-23055-16, 65J, St. Claude and St. Roch; occurred 11-22-2016 at 2 a.m.

The suspects reportedly approached the victim in a silver vehicle while stopped at a red light. One suspect exited the silver vehicle and pushed the victim off of her scooter, striking her several times before fleeing with the scooter.

K-23070-16, 64J, 4927 Michoud Boulevard; occurred 11-22-2016 at 2:33 a.m.

The victims reported they were sitting inside their brown 2010 Nissan Murano when a silver Chevy Cobalt pulled up and three black males exited the vehicle armed with silver or chrome guns.  The suspects started banging on the victim's vehicle demanding they get out.  The victims complied and a perpetrator fled in their Murano. The silver Cobalt was seen fleeing the scene with the Nissan. Detectives gave chase and stopped the Cobalt at Morrison and Briarheath where a 16-year-old male suspect was captured. The Nissan has not been located however detectives received information on the other two suspects.

K-24107-16, 65J, Nashville and St. Charles; occurred 11-23-2016 at 2:35 a.m.

The victim reported that she was stopped at a red light at St. Charles Avenue and Nashville Avenue when she was rear-ended by a silver four-door vehicle occupied by four college-aged black males. The victim stepped out of her vehicle to inspect the damage and two of the suspects exited the rear of the silver vehicle and jumped into her red four-door Hyundai Elantra and drove off, followed by the remaining two suspects in the silver vehicle. They were last seen on St. Charles heading toward Napoleon Avenue.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents or other carjackings is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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