British tourists flee New Orleans after Airbnb home invasion

Tourists from London are recovering after they became victims of a home invasion. It happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of N. Villere Street.

The victims arrived in New Orleans on Saturday and couldn't be happier to be here. The six people from London were staying in an Airbnb home.

We talked to the housekeeper, who told FOX 8 the victims had taken a swamp tour yesterday. They arrived back at the house and began playing cards in the living room. The housekeeper said a gunman tried to break in through a window, but that didn't work. Instead, she says three gunmen knocked on the front door.

"They heard a knocked on the door, and once they opened the door they were ambushed by a few guys. Then, they were robbed, pushed around and robbed. No one was hurt. They took their money, their jewelry. It's just sad because they were excited about our city. They were from London and it was their first time visiting," says Melinda Dell.

Police say the gunmen stole cash and a white gold Rolex watch. They are still searching for the suspects.

The victims were not supposed to leave until Wednesday, but instead left New Orleans Tuesday morning.

Airbnb released the following statement:

The safety of our community is our priority. We are providing our full support to the host and guest, a complete refund for their stay, and we will work with local law enforcement in their investigation. There have been over 300 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings to date and negative incidents are extremely rare.

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