NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "I've been really shaken up about it," said the victim of an armed robbery.
A Loyola law student, who FOX 8 will not identify, said the incident happened after he pulled into his driveway Thursday night on on Adams Street.
"I idled for a second, and as soon as I opened the door, two young guys ran up to my car. They had guns straight up in my face," he said.
The victim said the gunmen ordered him to get out of the car and hand over his keys. At that point, the victim said he tried to reason with them.
"I'm like, 'Guys, we don't have to do this. It's late at night. I'm a student - like why?' But they weren't being very reasonable, so I said, 'Can I at least get my backpack out of my trunk?'" the victim said.
Surprisingly, he said the gunmen told him he could get his bag filled with law books out of the trunk. He said they then demanded his cell phone and wallet.
"I told them I was a student and I didn't have any money. So they didn't search me for my wallet. I did throw my phone just so they had something because two guns were pointed at my face," he said.
He said he then ran up to the door of his home and began trying to get his roommate's attention. At the same time, the gunmen jumped into his car.
The victim stood on his porch and watched as the two robbers made multiple attempts to start his car, which has a standard transmission. The victim said he couldn't believe what happened next. The gunmen rolled the window down and asked him a question.
"They said, 'How do you turn your car on?'" the victim said.
He didn't answer them.
"Like seeing their faces when they couldn't get the car started, it was just like a look of being appalled. It was like it was the first robbery of the night, and they just failed. They saw the failure, and that's when they just took off," the victim said.
He said the two gunmen took off running around the corner to the 7700 block of Panola Street, where a man and woman were sitting in a parked Nissan Sentra. Police said the two suspects demanded their car keys and cell phones. The victims handed their property over, and the gunmen took off in their vehicle.
"I feel like the failure of this one led to that one," the law student said.
He said he hopes the pair of robbers are caught soon. He said even though they didn't get his vehicle, he's still shaken by what happened.