Online Encounter Leads to Armed Carjacking

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Police say an online encounter led to an armed carjacking. It happened early Wednesday morning, when police say the victim meet a woman he’d been chatting with online. WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from witnesses.

“He was dressed for bed,” said neighbor LaSandra Spencer.

LaSandra Spencer is describing the man who stood yelling on her front porch for someone to call the cops.

Trotter asked an unidentified neighbor, “Was he calm? No he wasn’t calm. He wasn’t calm. He was just running around like he was really hysterical,” he replied.

Hysterical, because he’d just been set up.

Police say the victim was lured by a woman seen in pictures posted online. Apparently he had been chatting with her on the social media website “Tagged.”

Things took a turn for worse when detectives say she convinced the victim to meet her in the 2200 block of Saint Anthony Street around 4 o’clock Wednesday morning.

“When he got there he saw her outside. They conversed for about five minutes. She left the vehicle for a few minutes,” New Orleans Police detective Thaddeus Williams said.

When she returned investigators say she wasn’t alone.

The victim was ordered at gunpoint to get out of his red Dodge Challenger with Lamborghini doors.

Police say the woman and two men hopped in and drove away.

“I just wouldn’t think a dude that would be somebody who could afford to drive around in something like this would be that irresponsible to come meet some chick at 4am in a neighborhood he’s not familiar with his wife in bed,” Spencer said.

That’s right. According to neighbors the victim had some explaining to do to his wife, who he’d left behind in bed.

“I look at it like this, what you doing out here at 4 o’clock in the morning anyway. And then you got a wife or a girlfriend you’re supposed to be at home,” the unnamed neighbor said.

When it comes to social media and late night hook ups detective Thaddeus Williams says don’t do it.

“Meeting someone online, you never know what might happen. So my advice is to just stay away from it,” Williams explained.

“You look for trouble you’re going to find it. And he was looking at 4 o’clock in the morning. I think he found the trouble he was after, just not what he wanted,” Spencer added.

If you recognize the woman in the pictures, or if you see the Dodge Challenger call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.