The New Orleans Police Department has released video showing an attack that left a man critically wounded during a robbery Saturday night (June 24) in the French Quarter. The vicious robbery was reported just before 11 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Bienville Street.
Captured from surveillance footage, the video shows two white men walking on Bienville Street at 8:52 p.m. At the video’s 1:30 mark, a pair of colored males run up behind the two victims and begin to assault them.
One of the assailants appears to punch one victim across his face from behind, knocking the victim out cold. Blood can be seen pooling around the victim’s motionless body as the video continues.
The other victim appears to be tackled by another assailant, but is not knocked unconscious. As he wrestles the victim to the ground, two other black male suspects arrive from behind on Bienville Street.
One suspect then begins to rifle through the pockets of the motionless victim, who is lying face-down on the ground. The other victim also appears to be robbed before a suspect shoves him to the ground. All four suspects then run away.
At that point, the conscious victim moves toward his companion, who can be seen starting to heave on the ground. Two passersby arrive, one of whom appears to make a phone call, and the video ends.
According to an initial incident report, the robbers stole the men’s wallets and cell phones. One victim was described as a 32-year-old man, but police have not stated the other’s age.