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New Orleans police: 8 holdups, 4 carjackings, 2 stabbings in 24 hours

NEW ORLEANS -- Eight holdups, four carjackings, two stabbings and a gunpoint burglary made for an unusually high-crime night in New Orleans.

The incidents were reported between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a preliminary log emailed by city police. It said one robbery victim was shot at after following the gunman for 20 minutes. However, apparently he wasn't hit, and the summary does not describe any other gunfire.

Police say two men were stabbed in separate incidents Saturday night. One was an argument between two men. The other victim didn't cooperate with police, according to the summary.

About 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a man was beaten by two people with guns who got into a residence and tried to hold him hostage, police said. A woman got out of the home while the man was being beaten; he escaped and the two attackers fled, according to the summary.

It was the highest number of crimes in 24 hours since January 2012, The New Orleans Advocate reported. Spokesman Aaron Looney told The Times-Picayune/ investigators don't know whether any had perpetrators in common.

Numbers didn't necessarily mean safety. Three men and a woman were on a one-way street about a block south of Broad Street about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when a car driving the wrong way backed up and three men got out, demanding money, police said. "The victims threw $100 to the ground. The subjects picked up the money and fled," police wrote.