Woman rear-ended, carjacked in Uptown again

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Photo courtesy NOPD

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – For the second night in a row, a female was carjacked after being rear-ended while at a red light in Uptown.

According to a news release from NOPD, the victim told police she was stopped at a red light at St. Charles and Nashville avenues about 2:35 a.m. when she was rear-ended by a silver four-door vehicle occupied by four college-aged black males.

When the victim stepped out of her vehicle to inspect the damage, two of the suspects exited the rear of the silver vehicle and jumped into her red four-door Hyundai Elantra and drove off, followed by the remaining two suspects in the silver vehicle. They were last seen on St. Charles heading toward Napoleon Avenue.

The picture provided by police is the same make and model that was stolen.

This is the second carjacking that involved an accident in 24 hours.

Monday night,  about 1:50 a.m. a female Tulane student was stopped at the red light at the intersection of Nashville and South Claiborne avenues, when she was rear-ended by a gray four-door vehicle.

The car was occupied by three unknown black males. Two of the suspects exited the vehicle, spoke with the victim for a moment and begged her not to call the police. That’s when one of the males jumped into the victim’s vehicle and drove off.  The second suspect returned to his vehicle and followed the victim’s vehicle down South Claiborne toward Calhoun Street and then disappeared.

All three of the males were described as young, in their early 20s, 5’9” tall, and having short black hair. One of the suspects was wearing a blue baseball cap and the other was wearing a white t-shirt. There is no description available on the third suspect.

The stolen vehicle was found this morning in the 5600 block of Royal Street.

Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to contact any Second District detective at 504-658-6020. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.

Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities you see in your neighborhood by calling 504-821-2222. For emergencies, call 911 immediately.