NOPD investigates string of armed robberies during Christmas holiday

New Orleans police are investigating more than a half-dozen armed robberies and three stabbings that happened across the city between Christmas Eve morning and Christmas night.

Police said they are trying to determine whether some of the crimes are related.

The first robbery was reported about 6 a.m. Tuesday in eastern New Orleans.

A woman was stopped in the 6400 block of Hayne Boulevard when an armed man walked up and demanded she get out of her vehicle, according to a New Orleans Police Department log.

Once she did, the robber ordered her to the ground. He then took her car keys, cash, cellphone and purse and ran away.

A short time later, two men held up a man in Gentilly.

About 7:30 a.m., the victim was putting air in a tire at a service station at Chef Menteur Highway and Louisa Street when two men walked up behind him.

One man pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his wallet and phone. The victim handed over the items, and the robbers fled.

Late Tuesday morning, just before noon, a man was walking in the 600 block of North Rocheblave Street in the 6th Ward when he was approached from behind. Someone stuck a gun against his back and demanded money. The victim handed over his cash, and the robber escaped on foot.

The next robbery happened about 1:30 p.m. near a busy intersection. A man was approached from behind by two men at Seventh Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The armed men ordered the victim to hand over his cash and iPhone. He complied and they ran away.

The next victim was hit about an hour later in Gentilly. A man was walking near Louisa Street and Mirabeau Avenue when he saw an armed man run out from behind an SUV.

The man shouted for the victim to hand over his money and then made his getaway in an unknown vehicle.

About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a woman was getting out of her car in the 3000 block of Grand Route St. John in the Bayou St. John neighborhood when an armed man walked up and demanded her money. The man ran away once he had her cash.

The two Christmas Day robberies both began the same way.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, a man was getting out of his car in the 4100 block of Davey Street, just off Harrison Avenue at Bayou St. John, when two men walked up and asked to use his cellphone. One of the men then pulled out a gun and took the victim’s jacket.

About 11:50 p.m., two men and woman were robbed in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur Highway in Gentilly. As in the robbery on Davey Street, the robber asked to use a cellphone before robbing the victims of the phone and a watch after showing them he had a gun.

Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman, said detectives were trying to determine whether those holdups were committed by the same person because of the shared characteristics.

A failed armed robbery happened early Tuesday in the French Quarter, despite an apparently choreographed effort on the part of the would-be robber.

The victim was walking near St. Philip and Burgundy streets about 2 a.m. when an unknown man, who was standing on the corner apparently waiting for a victim, followed him and ordered him to the ground.

The victim told the man he did not have any money, and the robber ran to a vehicle that was parked at the corner and that drove away on St. Philip. A second person was standing by as a lookout during the incident, police said.

The man who tried to carry out the robbery is described as about 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds. He wore a blue sweatshirt and dark pants, police said.

In addition to the robberies, police were also investigating a number of nonfatal stabbings, all involving arguments.

A man was stabbed about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 3900 block of Hamilton Street after he refused to go to the store, police said.

In another incident, police arrested Robert Evans, 59, after he allegedly cut a woman about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday as she tried to leave a home in the 1600 block of North Miro Street while the two were having an argument.

Evans was booked with aggravated battery by cutting, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

In the last cutting incident, a woman was slashed with a broken bottle during an argument with a friend.

Police said the victim was called outside her home in the 1500 block of North Derbigny Street about 6:35 p.m. when two women walked up. During a fight among the women, one of them struck the victim in the face with a glass bottle.

The victim’s condition was not available.

Anyone with information on any of these crimes is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.