Cruise ship passengers fight off armed robber on Canal Street

Crime Scene

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A couple returning to a cruise ship successfully fought off an armed robber on Canal Street last night.

The unnamed couple were approached by an armed man wearing dark clothing with a bandana covering his face in the 100 block of Canal Street just before midnight on November 8, according to an NOPD report.

The couple fought with the robber, who was armed with a semiautomatic handgun.

After a short “tussle,” the victims and attempted robber ran in different directions, according to the NOPD.

Port of New Orleans spokesman Matt Gresham said the cruise ship Oriana was docked at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal at the time of the attempted armed robbery.

He said the ship arrived in New Orleans on the morning of November 8, and it is expected to depart around noon on November 9.