NOPD: Violent crimes take place just blocks apart in Marigny

New Orleans crime

"We always feel safe here because there's a lot of people out in the street," Larry Orsini said.

Larry and Bonnie Orsini spend their winters in New Orleans, and they stay in the 1400 block of Chartres. They said hearing about a sexual assault that happened just steps from their home is surprising.

"It shocks me that I hadn't heard about this," Larry Orsini said.

Police said around 2:30 a.m. Monday, a woman left a local bar and was walking down Chartres when a man approached her and sexually assaulted her before stealing her purse.

"My heart goes out to her. I just can't imagine, but I wish she hadn't been out there at that time," Bonnie Orsini said.

The Orsinis said even though they always feel safe in the area, they never venture out in the middle of the night. Still, they know a lot of people do walk through the area.

"They often walk from Frenchman to Jackson Square on Chartres Street. That's a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing because there's often a lot of people on the street. It's a bad thing because it's a little bit darker than Royal Street," Bonnie Orsini.

Police are also investigating another crime not far away in the Marigny, where a woman became the victim of an aggravated burglary in broad daylight.

"There's crime all around the area. I think this particular crime, happening during the day, is different. It's also concerning," Gary Martin said.

It's was just before 2 p.m. Monday when a woman was walking into her Marigny Street. home carrying packages. Police said an armed man walked in behind her and forced her to the floor. Then, two other men walked into the house and stole the packages and the victim's car keys before fleeing in her vehicle.

"I just think stuff like that happens here. It's doesn't matter what time of day or where you are," Mikaela Grantham said.

"I sometimes think people forget they live in the inner city," Martin said.

People who live in the area say they take extra precautions every day to stay safe, but they know crime is all around them.

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