Uptown residents on alert after 2 unrelated violent crimes

Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 at 9:40 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "To have it so close to home is a little disconcerting," said Uptown local Leanna Millan.

Residents in Uptown are shaken after two, unrelated, violent crimes are reported in their neighborhood.

Police say a man was car jacked at gunpoint, early Thursday night on Saint Charles, near First. Then, a couple was robbed near Commander's Palace, just two hours later.

A woman tells Fox 8 she witnessed the carjacking from her front yard. We concealed her identity for her protection.

"My intuition knew something was off by the way he was walking," said the eyewitness.

It was a quiet evening on St. Charles when this local took her dog for a stroll, but that all changed by the time she got home.

"I was in my yard and he came right off of First Street and came with a gun at the man," she said.

That man was a ride share driver, waiting for passengers.

"He said he saw someone approaching and thought it was his fare, he unlocked the car and a guy pointed a gun at him and said, 'get the eff out of the car,'" recalled Paula George.

George has owned property on St. Charles for nearly 10 years.

"It's been a very safe neighborhood. I've always walk my dog late at night, 10 o'clock. I wasn't afraid," she said.

Now, George is on alert, encouraging her renters to use the Garden District Patrol to escort them home on late nights.

"Some of my...tenants were very concerned about it because it is a safe neighborhood. It's never happened so close to home," said George.

Several blocks away, at Washington and Pyrtania, two kitchen workers are surprised to hear about an armed robbery there, Thursday night, just after ten.

"People walk around with their kids and onesies, just walking around with their dogs, going for some exercise. It's not a bad neighborhood at all," said Brandon Haywood. "The neighborhood so tight that they would report any suspicious activity, normally."

"To hear that somebody got robbed is unbelievable," said Rakiim Holden.

New Orleans Police say the carjacking and armed robbery are isolated incidents and say they haven't noticed any significant uptick in Uptown crime.

Even so, when the sun goes down...

"This is New Orleans, from Uptown, downtown, it's all the same. You have to be safe. You have to watch your back," Haywood said.

"I was just lucky it wasn't me," said the carjacking witness.

Police say they were able to track the stolen car to the 2100 block of Pauger Street.

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