NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Unsuspecting tourists walking down Dumaine St. were caught off guard by a man with a gun. The terrifying incident was caught on surveillance camera.The tourists handed over their belongings, but seemed in shock.
The robber pressed his gun into the head of the female victim before he grabbed her camera and took the man's wallet.
"I'm sure it's the last thing they thought was going to happen to them," said Bob Simms. The robbery unfolded near his home.
"It's safer than it used to be, but it's not safe enough," he said.
Ironically, Simms is involved in the French Quarter Task Force which aims to deter crime.
"Unfortunately video, in many cases, is not a deterrent. What is a deterrent is more police on the street and better lighting," he said.
"It's terrifying what happened to them. If they were visitors, what a horrible thing to take away from our city," said Maggie Owen. Her and her son, Roland, are from London and say they understand how tourists can become easy targets.
"When you look around and you're looking at this absolutely stunning city, overwhelmed by the beauty that you forget about the ugly side of life," Owen said.
"There are cameras everywhere, so if you commit a crime in the Quarter or the 8th, you're going to be on video. This particular incident occurred on a street that's got plenty of video coverage, so it captured the violence of this event," Simms said.
In this incident, cameras captured video and audio of what happened. The NOPD says surveillance video also picked up the license plate number of the get away vehicle used by the suspect, 19-year-old Jaeson Krauss.
"Well this morning we got a hit in New Orleans East. The vehicle passed in front of a license plate reader. Communication gets notified when that happens and we dispatched officers," says NOPD Commander Nicholas Gernon.
Seventh District Officers pulled Krauss over and arrested him.
"We are now in the process of connecting him to both our robbery on Dumaine Street as well as a robbery in the 1st district that those detectives are working on connecting him to," said Gernon.
Gernon said Krauss may have also committed additional armed robberies in the French Quarter, so their investigation continues.
Meanwhile, tourists like Maggie and Roland Owens, say they will remain vigilant in New Orleans.
"After dark, you just be careful. It's just having that common sense. Be aware of your surroundings, and be aware of who is around you," said Roland Owen.
The suspect, Jaeson Krauss, has a criminal past. He was arrested and booked with aggravated assault a couple of weeks ago. He is arrested now on two counts of armed robbery.