Carjackings up 140% in New Orleans compared to same time last year, according to calls for service

Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 6:05 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Women we spoke with in New Orleans who did not want to be identified say they’re afraid after repeated violent crimes across the city.

“It’s absolutely horrible, especially coming from a female’s point of view. I am a single mother with a two-year-old. I get nervous just leaving my house every day. You just never know what is going to happen in your neighborhood or even where we work,” one of the women says.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, in the 3200 block of Bienville, one of six attempted robbers punched a woman in the face after she said she didn’t have keys to her vehicle. And, Tuesday morning around 1, there was another violent attack on a woman in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. A 22-year-old pleaded for her life as three gunmen carjacked her on her way to work.

And, it’s not just violent crimes New Orleanians are having to deal with. Since Friday, there have been three incidents at the Costco gas pumps on South Carrollton.

A surveillance picture released by the NOPD of Friday’s incident at 12:45 p.m. shows a 4-Runner next to a BMW. The NOPD says a suspect got out of the 4-Runner and stole the BMW.

On Tuesday, there were two different car burglaries just 10 minutes apart. One of the burglaries was caught on surveillance video, it shows a suspect get out of a grey 2005 Nissan Frontier with a Mississippi license plate and take a purse out of a Ford Explorer.

The NOPD says it has increased patrols near the Costco on South Carrollton in response to the recent burglaries and thefts there.

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