Former investigative reporter falls victim to brazen armed robbery

Former investigative reporter falls victim to brazen armed robbery
Angelico says he returned to his home just after 9 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Grand Route St. John Street. As he stepped out of his pickup truck, Angelico said he heard voices (FOX 8 photo).
Angelico says he returned to his home just after 9 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Grand Route St. John Street. As he stepped out of his pickup truck, Angelico said he heard voices (FOX 8 photo).

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A brazen armed robbery unfolded in the middle of a normally quiet neighborhood near Bayou St. John.

The victim, Richard Angelico, is still very upset about what happened. The longtime investigative reporter did not want to hide his identity. He said he wants the public to know what happened and the robbers behind bars.

Angelico said he returned to his home just after 9 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Grand Route St. John Street. As he stepped out of his pickup truck, Angelico said he heard voices. Four young men approached.

"I turned around and there were these four little thugs with hoodies, jumping up and down like roaches," Angelico said. "One of them had what looked like a 9 millimeter Beretta."

The suspects demanded his keys. However, Angelico said he refused their demands and walked toward his house.

"I wasn't going to give him the keys to my truck and I wasn't going to give into little criminals or any kind of tyranny," he said.

After he turned his back, one of the suspects ran toward him and forced the keys from his hands. The four suspects hopped in Angelico's car and fled the scene, police said. The vehicle has been described as a red extended cab four door Ford F-150 truck with a Louisiana license plate of C076071.

Reflecting on his experience, Angelico said turning his back to a gunman probably wasn't the safest thing to do. He said he wasn't scared but was angry that it was happening.

"Somebody told me that it's probably time to get crime cameras on the front of your house. I said no, it's probably time for me to get a concealed carry permit – and that's what I'm going to do either today or tomorrow."

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