A man needed in connection with a latest collection of robberies and a shooting in the neighborhood near Tulane University barricaded himself inside a house in that space late Monday morning, establishing a standoff with New Orleans police.
Police had been positioned exterior of a house in the 2100 block of Audubon Street, only a few blocks away from the place a shooting and theft on Broadway Street was reported late Sunday, officials mentioned.
The man believed to be barricaded in the house is Philip Barbarin, 24, in accordance to police, who mentioned he’s a suspect in the muggings and shooting.
Without elaborating, police alleged Monday that Barbarin was concerned in as many as robberies, together with no less than 4 which occurred near Tulane’s campus between Saturday and Sunday. One of these theft victims — described as an affiliate of Tulane — was shot, and one other was fired on with out being hit, police mentioned.
An unidentified man was shot late Sunday in the Audubon space, in accordance to New Orleans police.
The first of these robberies was reported about 8:55 a.m. Saturday, when two males stole unspecified property at gunpoint from somebody near the nook of Lowerline and Willow streets, police mentioned.
The two males then approached one other man on the close by nook of Lowerline and Oak streets and allegedly stole his pockets and cellphone. The man — who was not affiliated with Tulane — had began working away when one of many robbers fired a gun at him, police and faculty officials mentioned.
On Sunday evening, about 9:40 p.m., one man wielding a gun robbed two folks affiliated with Tulane University two blocks aside on Broadway, police and faculty officials mentioned.
One of the victims — a 21-year-old man who was held up on the nook of Broadway and Green — surrendered unspecified property and was unhurt. The different sufferer, a 20-year-old man, tried to flee and was shot. Police mentioned paramedics took the wounded man to a neighborhood hospital for remedy.
Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson mentioned officers had been in that neighborhood conducting a follow-up investigation into the weekend theft spree when a carjacking occurred in the 1900 block of Broadway about 8 a.m. Monday. Officers noticed the automobile that was stolen through the carjacking in addition to Barbarin in the 2100 block of Audubon.
Barbarin, who was a suspect in the robberies and shooting over the weekend, ran inside a house on that block when police approached, Ferguson mentioned. Ferguson mentioned he was uncertain if Barbarin lives at that residence, however he’s related to it, in accordance to the superintendent.
About an hour later, members of the Police Department’s Special Operations Division — or SWAT workforce — surrounded the house.
Police requested members of the general public to keep away from the close by space till the standoff concluded. They additionally requested residents dwelling near the standoff to keep inside their properties till police instructed them it was secure to come out.
“This individual is a very violent individual,” Ferguson mentioned.
A neighborhood resident who may see the house the place Barbarin was hiding described how officers outfitted with lengthy weapons, helmets and physique armor had cordoned off the road exterior. There was additionally an armored automobile, and somebody was utilizing a loudspeaker to handle folks contained in the surrounded residence.
At least two folks quickly got here out of the house with their fingers up, had been handcuffed by officers and led away for questioning. Neither was Barbarin, and the standoff was ongoing after these two had been taken away from the house, a police spokesperson mentioned.
The neighborhood resident, who requested to not be recognized, mentioned the scene was surreal. “I can’t leave, and my wife can’t get back,” he mentioned. “It’s a real situation here. Hopefully everybody gets out of this OK.”
Barbarin faces counts of armed theft with a gun, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated second-degree battery and debit or bank card fraud.
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