Elderly couple carjacked and robbed at gunpoint

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A 75-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife are the owners of a lounge in the 8600 block of Chef Mentur Highway. After locking up the bar Wednesday around 8:30 p.m., the couple got into their 1995 Nissan pickup truck to leave.

Before they could make it out of the parking lot, though, two gunmen were knocking on their window.

"By the time I got to the driveway, they must have rushed to me. I hear that knock on my window, and I turned around and I saw two guns," the male victim said.

The victim said the two gunmen kept beating on the window, telling the couple they'd shoot them if they didn't open the door. Eventually, they got out of the truck, and the victim said he tried to tell them they didn't have any money.

"He said, 'Why don't you give us bus fare?' I had about six or seven dollars in my pocket, and he said, 'Give me what you got.' I thought it was over," the victim said.

But it didn't end there. Instead, the victim said the gunman demanded the cross and chain he wore around his neck. To the victim, it was priceless.

"I went to Nicaragua in 1971, and my mother was dying of cancer. She gave me that, " he said.

After taking his cross and chain, they stole the wedding ring off his wife's finger.

"I said, 'Look, that's all we have. What else you want? He said, 'Well, I have to take your truck then.' He said, 'I need to shoot one of you.' I said, 'What do you want to do that for?" the victim said.

He said the gunmen even talked to each other about which victim they should shoot before leaving, but then they both jumped in the victim's pickup truck and took off.

"They might have been there for about 10 minutes at least. It was a long conversation. I tried to do my best, but no good," the victim said.

The victim said he and his wife are shaken by what happened.

Police said they did arrest two men Thursday afternoon in a stolen vehicle. They are now investigating to determine if those two men are responsible for the carjacking and robbery of the elderly couple.

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