Victim in Lakeview home invasion speaks out

Gunmen enter Lakeview home, rob couple

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "I would have given them anything, anything they wanted."

The victim of a Lakeview home invasion says she's still in shock. The incident unfolded Wednesday just after 5 p.m. in the 900 block of Porteous Street.  The woman, who FOX 8 will not identify, said she had just gotten back to her and was spending time with her husband in the living room.

Her husband is disabled.

"We have chairs that sit next to each other, and we're sitting there and watching the news when all of a sudden, they just opened the door and burst right in," she said.

She said the two armed men were wearing hoodies and had bandannas covering their faces.

"They say 'shut up' because I screamed. They said 'stay there and don't' move.' I can remember hearing my husband saying, 'I can't move. I can't walk.' Then, they asked me - my car is under the carport, and my neighbor's car is right next to mine. It's a Lincoln. They kept saying to me, 'give me the keys to the Lincoln.' I said, 'I don't own it,'" she said.

She said the gunman told her to give him the keys to her car and she handed them over. The robbers grabbed her purse and cell phone before driving off in her vehicle.

"I called 911 and I was just begging for someone to come be with me because I felt like my heart was outside of my body. It's just a shock that you go through," the victim said.

A few hours later the NOPD located her stolen car with her purse still inside. Her cell phone, though, is still missing.

This victim has been through more than most. This is the second time she's been held up.

"It was a year ago in April. I was outside and I was sitting on my front porch. A truck drove by, stopped and a guy got out. He put a gun to my head and took my phone," she said.

In that case, the NOPD recovered her phone and made an arrest.

She said no one should get used to being a crime victim, and she hopes telling her story will raise awareness.

"I think that we will come together, and I think that the police will be cooperative. They've been wonderful with me through both of these," she said.

The two gunmen are still at large. If you know anything that could help police, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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