The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying four suspects who brutally beat two tourists during a robbery Saturday night. The robbery, which occurred in the city’s French Quarter, left one victim critically wounded.
In surveillance video released by police, the victims are attacked by four black men. The four assailants beat them, stole their wallets and cell phones, then fled the scene, according to police.
During the vicious beating, one victim is punched from behind and falls unconscious to the ground. He lies face down on the pavement, motionless and visibly bleeding, while a suspect searches his pockets.
The other victim was also assaulted and robbed. After the suspects flee the scene, he attends to his prone companion, while bystanders offer assistance.
According to police, “Both victims were transported to a local hospital, where one of the victims was listed in critical condition and the other victim was listed in stable condition.”
On Monday, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison said the victims were from the Boston area. They were headed to their hotel and “didn’t see it coming.”
Harrison said, “These people committed this crime out of the eyes of the police, nearly 50 police officers were working in this area that night, but they did not commit this crime out of the eyes of the community.” Authorities say multiple cameras caught the incident on tape, and they plan to release more video of the attack.
“We’re coming for you,” Harrison said, speaking to the suspects. “In just a little while, everybody is going to see you. Everybody is going to know who you are. We’re going to make you pay and hold you accountable for what you did.”
Police ask that anyone with information contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.
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