74-Year Old Armed Robbery Victim Recounts Ordeal

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New Orleans Police are searching for the man who robbed a 74-year old grandfather at gunpoint.

It happened over the weekend in Hollygrove.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke to the victim about the terrifying ordeal.

Trotter asked, “Did he say much?” “No just came in with the gun,” victim Fred Harris recounted.

Fred Harris has suffered a financial setback.

Someone came into his Hollygrove home Saturday night and took advantage of the 74-year old — took him for all he had.

“Got about $540 dollars from me,” Harris explained.

When the armed robber knocked on his door Harris unknowingly invited him in.

Once inside the intruder walked over to his victim, reached into his pockets, and made away with his wallet and an envelope full of cash.

Trotter asked, “All in your pocket? “Yeah, he went in there and took it and had the pistol on me at the same time,” Harris replied.

“It could be anyone of the youngsters in the neighborhood; tall, dark skin, with dreadlocks,” neighbor Bryant Vanderson said.

“He didn’t even much ask me to get up or nothing else you know,” Harris said.

“You don’t know if these people on drugs or mental cases,” Vanderson said. “You really just don’t know.”  “They sit back and watch like vultures.”

Trotter asked, “So he never said a word?” “No, Harris replied.

Harris says he dug up enough courage to mutter a few words to the gunman.

“So he had my wallet,” Harris said. “I said well give me my wallet back you know.””So he reach and gave my wallet back.”

Trotter asked, “Gave him his wallet back?” “Yeah but not with money in there,” Vanderson said.

Bryant Vanderson heads up the neighborhood watch.

He’s angry that the crime happened to Mr. Freddy, soon after he’d left the area.

Says it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

“He’d take the shirt of his back,” Vanderson said. “In fact, I’ll go as far as to say if the young man would’ve asked him for it, he’d give it to him.”

“After he went in my pocket that was it.”

Harris says the robber walked out as calmly as he walked in, and disappeared down the road. Since then…

Trotter asked, “You been doing some things differently ever since, What’s that?” “Locking my door and asking who it is when they come in the house, yeah,” Harris said.

Fred Harris has made some security upgrades to his home, and they’re beefing up the neighborhood watch.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.


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