Neighbors on edge after 2 Bayou St. John carjackings hours apart

Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Two carjackings unfolded in the Bayou St. John neighborhood just hours apart and police believe they’re connected.

“A carjacking right here on a major street through our neighborhood in the middle of the afternoon. It’s scary,” said one neighbor.

The first carjacking happened at 3 p.m. in the 3300 block of Grand Route St. John. The victim said she was sitting in her 2013 white Cadillac when a young man walked up to the front of her car, pulled out a gun, and said, “Get out.” She did and he took off with her car.

“I mean crime is worse than growing up here in the 90s,” said Andrew Ryan. “It’s a problem that’s plagued this city forever, but at 3:30 in the afternoon. You don’t expect someone to pull a gun on you and demand your car.”

Then a few hours later, a second carjacking, this time the next street over in the 1200 block of Hagan Avenue.

“All of a sudden we heard shrieking screaming like there was something wrong. We jumped up and ran to the front and that’s when one of the people playing cards saw the car being driven off,” said one neighbor.

Surveillance video shows a white Cadillac pull up and two suspects get out and approach the victim. Neighbors say it’s the same Cadillac stolen earlier in the day.

They say the woman carjacked on Hagan Avenue had just returned from work and the crime has them rethinking where they want to live.

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“I mean it’s a sad day, but I love this city but what it’s become is...there’s no easy fix,” said Ryan.

Neighbors say they’ll remain vigilant. Meanwhile, the NOPD says it’s investigating both carjackings. If you know anything, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers.

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