FOX 8 CrimeTracker: Carjacking Investigations in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "There were at least two guns, and as soon as I saw them running towards me I knew it wasn't going to be good," says a carjacking victim.
The crime, caught on surveillance video, shows the chilling moments for a victim who never expected it. This victim was one of a dozen people who were carjacked in December of last year.
"I was absolutely terrified that I'd be shot, and I didn't even see their faces. All I saw were the guns," the victim says.
In this Crimetracker Investigation, FOX 8 obtained the incident report number, location and time of day for every carjacking since January 1 of 2014 till March 16 of this year. That's about 14 and half months of data.
On our map, white cars mark the spot where carjackings happened in 2014, while black cars show the locations so far this year.
"In the process of getting out, two gentlemen rushed up to the car yelling 'give me the keys, give me the car,'" says a victim.
This victim stood up to the gunmen and refused to hand over his keys.
"It was just two thugs roaming this neighborhood. They probably weren't even from this neighborhood," says the victim.
Eventually the robbers gave up, and took off without his car. He got lucky, but for 36 other people in New Orleans East, it was a different story. Police investigated more carjackings in the Seventh District than any other district in the city.
Carjackers struck 23 times in the First District, covering Treme and Mid-City. In Lakeview, people who live along Bellaire Drive were taken aback this past January, when a gunman robbed a man heading out on a hunting trip.
"He confronted him, and the male produced a weapon, demanded his vehicle. He took off in the vehicle and the victim notified us," says Commander Gary Marchese.
The fewest carjackings happened Uptown, with just three incidents. One of them, though, may be considered the most high profile of 2014.
"I yelled for help, and I know that he started hitting me with the gun. I did end up on the ground," says the victim.
A woman on Newcomb Boulevard was beaten and her car stolen. That next night, police say the carjackers, allegedly two teens wearing ankle monitors, shot and killed a pizza delivery man.
"It was very difficult to hear that the next night they actually went and they killed someone cause that could have been me. I feel very fortunate that I escaped that fate," says the victim.
In the past 14 and half months, the NOPD's investigated 102 carjackings across New Orleans.
The majority of them happened between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. Victims of these violent crimes will tell you, they're affected. Looking back on the terrifying ordeal, one victim has advice from anyone who finds themselves in the same position.
"I don't think there's anything I could have done to change it. I think I did the best thing I could do, which is to comply. I would tell people to be careful, and always look around. Just comply because you know you can't put a price on your life," says the victim.
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