Police are searching for three men who kidnapped, raped, and robbed a woman in the garden district.
“It’s very shocking,” the victim’s friend Francesca Brennan said.
People who live in this Garden District neighborhood are still reeling over what happened to one of their own.
“I certainly don’t want anything bad to happen to any of my neighbors but certainly a friend it hits close to home,” Brennan said.
Private security officers are on heavy patrol; where investigators say a woman was robbed at gunpoint, kidnapped, and sexually assaulted by three men.
“I can’t even begin to put my head around that,” neighbor Elizabeth Gamard said.
It happened around 6:30 Monday night, in the 12-hundred block of Eighth Street.
Detectives say the men sexually assaulted the victim as they drove around the vehicle they’d forced her into.
They eventually dropped her off, and then stole her car.
“She had had the umbrella up when they took her and she dropped it in the middle of the street,” Gamard said.
Elizabeth Gamard got the frantic knock on the door and called 9-1-1.
She describes the victim as wide-eyed and horrified.
“The shock in her eyes, and the kind of numb expression you can only imagine,” Gamard said.
Detectives have gathered what they’re calling strong leads in the case; including security camera footage from several locations.
“Our message to these perpetrators is that we know a whole lot about you than you think we know and you may want to consider your options of turning yourself in,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.
Meanwhile, friends and neighbors are rallying around the victim.
“We just have to be resilient, look out for each other and move forward,” Brennan said.
Neighbors held a community meeting Tuesday night to comfort and console one another.
Police are asking anyone with information in the case to call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.