Garden District neighborhood group says four suspects identified in recent attacks
BATON ROUGE - The Garden District Civic Association said Friday, police told organizers detectives have at least four people identified as suspects in a series of muggings that rattled the usually quiet neighborhood over the last few weeks.
Police said late Friday, no one had been charged yet.
"This was a Tier 1 Top Priority for BRPD," the neighborhood group wrote.
The suspects were tied to seven different attacks in the last ten days, including ones featured on WBRZ this week: A terrifying mugging on St. Rose, another on S 22nd Street and Cherokee Street and on Park Boulevard and Terrace Avenue.
The neighborhood civic association said there were also reported attacks further down Government Street in both directions from the Garden District.
Earlier this week, police said they believed a wave of muggings in the area were connected.
"I basically was on my way home from work, and someone tried to run me off the road. I stopped the car, got out of the car, and four people got out of the car," one neighbor recalled, of a recent incident.
Another attack was caught on video this week. That footage posted to social media shows a pair of hooded men armed with rifles blindsiding a man as he unloads groceries in his driveway.
The robbers forced the man to the ground, empty his pockets and appeared to punch him before taking off in the victim's car.
One neighbor knew something wasn't right when she noticed something off about the driver.
"He was wearing a ski mask around his neck, but it was like connected to his neck. I guess it was one that you could pull back easily, and that was one of the things to set me off to think this isn't right. It's hot outside and you have a ski mask around your neck that you can pull up easily," she said.
Another post on social media said a resident in the area was tailed and then rear-ended by a suspicious vehicle on Cherokee Street last week. After the wreck, the person said three teenagers jumped out of the car and rifled through her vehicle, stealing her purse and keys.
"I truly believe they were driving around waiting to find someone [to] hit and rob, but who knows," the victim said in a Facebook post.
Police did not release names of the suspects.
The Garden District civic group added, the community remains safe.
"BRPD also reviewed the past six months of activity in the Garden District and with the exception of the activities of the four arrested suspects, we remain a very safe neighborhood. They attribute this in part to it being a neighborhood where folks know their neighbors, and there are almost always eyes on the street."