Man seen tugging on car doors attacked woman in Ogden Park Thursday morning
BATON ROUGE – A woman was mugged early Thursday morning while leaving her Ogden Park house, according to posts on social media.
Police were called to the attack just after 4:30 a.m. in the neighborhood, a close-knit community between Baton Rouge Magnet High and Acadian to the west and east and Government and North streets to the north and south. The woman was okay.
She was jumped, stomped in the face, and had her bags and cell phone stolen. Police said she was mugged after noticing someone lurking around her vehicle.
“I actually heard my neighbor kind of crying in the middle of the night for help, so I woke up and came to see what was happening,” said one of the neighbors.
The neighbor wasn't sure what was going on, but he didn't think his neighbor was being attacked.
“Well, at first I just wanted to see what was wrong, you know, honestly, I thought maybe it's a medical condition or something happening,” the neighbor recalled.
But it wasn't a medical emergency. What he was hearing was a crime happening.
Neighbors posted online they believe a man seen rummaging through yards and pulling on car door handles in the minutes leading up to the mugging is responsible. Surveillance video shared on social media showed a shadowy figure walk up to one house, mosey around the carport and look inside vehicles parked for the night.
“Obviously crime is always surprising. You never expect it to happen across the street from you. You know, like I said, this neighborhood isn't a dangerous neighborhood. It doesn't feel unsafe,” the neighbor said.
Another neighbor agrees with that. When asked if she felt safe in the neighborhood, she didn’t hesitate with her response.
“I do. I've always felt safe. I used to have a big dog, but we used to walk at 9, 10 o'clock at night fairly often, and then occasionally we'd walk at midnight. If I came home, and he needed a walk, we'd walk at midnight,” the neighbor said.
Just before the physical attack, a resident down the street caught the man on surveillance camera tugging on a car door trying to get it open.
According to posts on social media, the man’s baseball cap he was wearing fell off in the attack and was left behind.
Police confirmed what was posted on social media and said they did not have a suspect as of Thursday evening.
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