NOPD investigating string of carjackings, attempted carjackings in New Orleans on Wednesday

Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 4:52 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - In under 10 seconds, a man gets out of a dark blue car and runs towards a driver on the 3700 block of Clermont Drive in Gentilly.

“When I saw the ski mask,” said the Gentilly victim. “I was like this can’t be real. And he looked at me, I remember his eyes, he looked right at me and came straight at me.”

FOX 8 is not identifying the victim of the attempted carjacking.

The victim says Wednesday afternoon, she was backing her vehicle into the driveway when she noticed a vehicle waiting in the middle of the street.

“I was like, ‘Well who is this in front of my door?’ I was like is this an Uber eats person. Who is this? Because it’s just odd.”

She then says when the backdoor opened, the person sprinted towards her, she then knew something was wrong.

“He pointed a gun to my face, and I leaned over to the side and hit the gas and took off,” the victim said.

In the backseat, her daughter was asleep, the victim tells FOX 8 all she could do was hit the gas and drive. “I was just going, I didn’t know where I was going, I was just going.”

“I don’t even want to leave the house right now,” Clermont said. “And sitting in the car, I feel like a sitting duck now because you never know. You never know who is coming from the back ‚the side, I don’t know because it can happen anywhere.”

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating four attempted and two successful carjackings that occurred Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, including the carjacking mentioned.

NOPD says the incidents started at around 4:15 p.m.

Police believe the two men who committed the previously stated incident are also believed to have committed an armed carjacking at around 4:51 p.m. in the 5000 block of Madrid Street.

They also believe they could be the culprits in two more attempted carjackings, one near the intersection of Burgundy and Piety Street at around 5:11 p.m. Another occurred in the 3700 block of Orleans Avenue at around 6:34 p.m.

The vehicle and method of the above-attempted carjackings were similar to the Clermont Drive incident, according to the report.

The carjacking attempts resumed at around 4:12 a.m. on Thursday morning near the intersection of Lake Forest and Crowder Boulevards. An armed robbery also occurred at around 4:47 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Galvez.

In these crimes, investigators say a black Nissan Altima and a Honda HR-V were used. This is why officers say they aren’t sure if the Thursday incidents are related to the two men from Clermont Drive.

NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson says, “I want the citizens of New Orleans to know that citywide, our officers are working diligently to identify these perpetrators, get them off the streets, and bring them to justice.”

The Districts are actively searching for these vehicles. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact their District station or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-821-2222 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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