Third Home Invasion In Days: Carrollton Area “Hot Spot” for Crime

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - For the third time in about a week a New Orleans neighborhood is the scene of a home invasion. Neighbors are scared, police are looking for clues, and tonight WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano speaks with a man who lives in the latest house targeted.

22-year-old Atticus Hanrahan enjoyed living on Adams Street until he says two men forced their way in and ransacked his home.

“They were crowded by the door and my roommate, I think, opened the door to tell him to get off our porch and when he opened up the door they pulled out a gun on him,” Hanrahan recalled.

The burglars struck in broad daylight. Police say the incident happened at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Atticus wasn’t home at the time, but he says his friends were.

“They apparently pistol whipped one of my friends on the back of the head. There was just my roommate and my friend. He got hit on his head and they told them to get on the floor while they cased the place,” Hanrahan said.

It’s the latest home invasion to strike the Carrollton neighborhood. Within a week’s time three homes have been targeted.

Last Wednesday at about 7 p.m. police say a woman was nearly strangled to death inside a home in the 8200 block of Green Street. Police have released a sketch of the suspect, but no arrest has been made. Days later police say two Tulane students were tied up inside a home on the 7800 block of Panola Street. It happened just before 5pm as another slept upstairs. The latest incident on the 1800 block of Adams Street has residents questioning their safety.

Carrollton area resident Ryan Broege says, “I don’t think that I’m going to wear headphones when I bike home, just to be a little bit more aware of my surroundings.”

“I think we are just going to double check on the security around our house and make sure everything is good,” says Carrollton area resident Lindsey Bell.

Carrollton area business owner Anna Morgan explains, “The people that grew up in this area, they are not going to tolerate it.”

Hanrahan says, “I just hope they find them because I don’t like knowing the fact that somebody who tried to rob me is still out on the streets because that’s scary.”

Police have moved more units to the Carrollton area calling the neighborhood a “Hot spot.” They don’t believe the crimes are linked, and they are asking residents to make sure they lock their doors and secure their homes at all times.