Two masked armed robbers that police consider to be “dangerous” have been targeting Airline Highway leading away from Mid-City, New Orleans police said during a weekly meeting at police headquarters Friday morning.
“He’s a nervous guy. I’ve been studying the videos,” Lt. Mark Mulla said about one of the perpetrators, who police recently saw on surveillance video.
“Unfortunately, they’re just dangerous, dangerous guys because they’re so nervous,” he added about the two people police suspect are committing the crimes.
At the meeting, Mulla said the robbers wear all-black clothing and are “heavily masked.”
According to NOPD’s crime map, there were two armed robberies that happened on the 9200 block of Airline Highway during the week of Dec. 8.
The first occurred on Dec. 12 and the second on Dec. 15. The robbery on Thursday, Dec. 12 happened at 11:59 p.m., and the robbery on Sunday, Dec. Dec. 15 happened at 2:06 a.m., according to the crime map.
One incident happened when two clerks saw the would-be robbers in a parking lot, and locked the doors before they could get in, Mulla added.
The perpetrators always flee on foot the same way, Mulla said – across Airline Highway and across the railroad tracks.
Mulla said that the Third District has taken extra precaution in order to catch the robbers, including putting extra night watch in the area.
In a separate case, a carjacking that occurred on the 1600 block of North Galvez street on Dec. 9 may have been a setup, police said.
Police released a description of two suspects wanted for the carjacking on Dec. 12.
According to the description, the first suspect was described to be a black male of athletic build who is about 6 feet to 6’2” and about 32 to 34 years old. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with a center pocket, black jeans and carrying a silver gun with a long magazine, according to the NOPD.
The second suspect, also a black male, is described as having a skinny build and being between 5’7” and 5’9” and about 19-20 years of age. The suspect was wearing black, zipped sweatshirt, black pants, black “G Nikes” shoes and carrying a dark handgun, according to the police description.
The victim was sitting in her car when the first suspect knocked on her window, and then fired shots into the vehicle when the victim didn’t immediately leave, the report read.
The victim fled the vehicle after shots were fired, according to police.
At that point, the first suspect drove the car several feet away to pick up the second suspect, who was acting as a “lookout,” according to the report.
The car was recovered on the 2000 block of North Tonti Street, police said.
During the meeting Friday morning, First District Commander Otha L. Sandifer said that a suspect had been brought in for a line-up, but that the victim didn’t identify that suspect.
Sandifer also said that it was unclear whether or not the victim knew one of the perpetrators, and that another person who lives nearby may have been involved with the crime.
The incident was one of two violent offenses that occurred the week of Dec. 8 in the First District, which covers Mid-City and the Treme, Sandifer said.
The other violent crime was an armed robbery that occurred on the 3000 block of Canal Street, Sandifer said, adding that a description had been given of a suspect but no arrests had yet been made.
The number of armed robberies are up from the previous week, when there was just one, according to a report Sandifer presented at the meeting.
There were no homicides in the First District in the past several weeks, and no assaults or rapes the week of Dec. 8, Sandifer added.