With candy canes and silver lanes ago, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas for one man hanging lights outside his home.
That was until police say three men ordered him off of his ladder, forced him inside at gun point.
“It’s disappointing, it’s the Christmas season,” said neighbor Chris Walker. “People putting up decorations and we can’t even be in peace putting up decorations in the city of New Orleans.”
“This is a time you should be giving and not trying to rob people, obviously they didn’t have the spirit of Christmas in mind,” neighbor Henry Jones said.
Investigators say it happened Sunday in the 5400 block of Pratt Drive in Gentilly.
The victim didn’t want to speak on camera but talked about how his wrists were bound; as three men rummaged through his home.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “What do you think that must have been like for the victim? Oh awful I would have been traumatized so if that had happened to me,” Jones said.
Third District Police detectives say the men searched the home and took cash, a cell phone, two laptop computers, a tablet computer, and jewelry.
They reportedly tossed it all in a piece of luggage and took the victim’s wallet before running away on foot.
Henry Jones is putting up lights for a friend.
“I’ve always considered it a fairly decent neighborhood, you know, safe, quiet,” Jones said.
Chris Walker is driving through keeping watch for anything suspicious.
Trotter asked, “Have you ever felt unsafe in the neighborhood? This is new Orleans you have to feel unsafe everywhere.” “You got to have your guard up and be cautious.” “But on the ladder putting up Christmas decorations I guess you got to have eyes in the back of your head,” Walker said.
The victim was not hurt during the robbery.
If you have information in the case, call Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.