Robbery at Mid-City ice cream shop worries residents

Published: Feb. 29, 2016 at 3:20 AM CST|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:57 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A man armed with a gun holds up the cashier at Baskin Robbins in Mid-City, in broad daylight. The robbery, which happened just before noon Saturday, has customers and Mid-City residents, asking when such brazen crimes, will come to an end.

Johntrelle Osby and her husband decided to bring their three kids to New Orleans Sunday for a day trip, enjoying the sunny weather and some ice cream. Just a day earlier, someone stormed into the Baskin Robbins on North Carrollton, around noon, armed with a gun, demanding cash.

"It would've been extremely scary, especially for the kids," Osby said.

The store is located just next to the Lafite Greenway, a biking trail, highly popular with families, especially on the weekends.

Biker Les Kennedy says, "We do watch our surroundings, you know, it's just something you have to do now."

"Families can't enjoy themselves in our city without the fear of possibly becoming victims and that's just outrageous these days," Osby stated.

Not even a month ago, someone held up customers and employees inside the bakery Breads on Oak, located on Oak Street. That robbery, taking place at 8:30 in the morning.

At the time, owner Sean O'Mahony expressed his disgust and concern over the daylight robberies.

"They are getting more brazen and it makes it difficult to operate a business," O'Mahony said.         

Now, as the NOPD puts 54 more officers on the streets to help combat crime, Mid-City residents we spoke to, say they're hoping things change.

Jasminne Navarre explains, "We need more protection in the neighborhood and whether its businesses or people's residences, we need more service here in the city."

Before someone else falls victim.

The manager at Baskin Robbins says no one was injured in the robbery and the gunman got away with less than two-hundred dollars cash.

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