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Police blotter: Three robberies and a shooting in Mid-City area

(via NOPD)

In 12 hours on Monday (July 26), people in and around Mid-City experienced three robberies and a shooting, the New Orleans Police Department reported. Women were targeted in the majority of these crimes.

A woman’s car and cellphone were stolen at gunpoint Monday night in the Tulane-Gravier area.

The 55-year-old woman was approached by two armed men as she got out of her car just before 11 p.m. in the 2200 block of Poydras Street. They demanded her keys and her cellphone, then fled in her vehicle.

Another woman was injured in a shooting Monday night at South Norman C. Francis Parkway and Tulane Avenue, the NOPD reported.

The 29-year-old woman was arguing with a man in 700 block of South Norman Francis when the fight escalated. The man took out a gun and shot her multiple times, police said.

The shooter then drove the victim to the emergency room and fled. Police learned of the shooting at 9:08 p.m. The NOPD has a warrant out for a suspect in the shooting, James Rhea, 38.

On Monday afternoon, the Chase Bank at 1425 N. Broad St. was robbed.

A man walked into the bank at about 2:10 p.m. and gave the teller a note demanding money. The teller handed over cash. The robber requested the note back before fleeing.

On Monday morning, a woman having a car trouble was robbed at Canal and Galvez streets.

A man offered to help the 44-year-old woman with her car in the 2200 block of Canal at about 10:50 a.m.

He asked her for money, and she took out her wallet and gave him cash. He took the money, then grabbed her wallet and fled.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD First District station at 504-658-6010 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward. 

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