3 masked gunmen rob Magazine Street bar; third such robbery in 2 months

Published: Sep. 29, 2015 at 8:57 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2015 at 4:31 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Three masked gunmen stormed a popular Uptown bar Monday night, robbing the business and several patrons inside.

The incident happened around 10:15 p.m. Monday at Monkey Hill bar, located in the 6100 block of Magazine Street.

Masked gunmen stormed the bar, according to initial reports from the New Orleans Police Department. Officers said that one man jumped over the counter and demanded the bartender to open the register. The bartender complied.

Two other suspects robbed the bar's patrons, ordering them to put their wallets on the counter and get on the floor. The victims complied and the suspects fled the scene.

Monday night's robbery comes at the heels of two similar brazen armed robberies in the Uptown area.

"This is the third incident to happen to us in the past several weeks. Based on what we know right now about each incident and each investigation, we are not ready to connect all three incidents," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. "Of course, we see the similarities, but there's not enough evidence to say that all three are certainly connected or related."

Two masked gunmen robbed Atchafalaya on Sept. 24. The incident happened around 10 p.m. at the restaurant in the 900 block of Louisiana Ave. The gunmen stormed the store, demanding property from employees and customers inside. Police said the suspects then took cash from the register.

"In all three cases the individuals were described as males wearing masks covering their faces, dark hoodies, tied tightly around their heads with latex gloves. We're working through evidence that we've uncovered at each scene but we need more," Harrison said.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite offered to have the feds kick in help if the crimes turn out to be connected.

"These individuals have made their decision to terrorize our community. Now we will make ours," Polite said.

The incident on Sept. 24 was caught on camera.

In late August, three gunmen stormed Patois Restaurant, located in the 6000 block of Laurel Street. The gunmen ordered the customers to the floor and stole wallets, phones and purses from customers.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

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