A food truck operator in New Orleans, Louisiana, shot at an armed robber this past Wednesday night on March 21. WWL TV in New Orleans published a story about the incident on their website.
The incident occurred in the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans. Algiers is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Thai food truck owner Jeersak Boonlert parked on the 200 block of Morgan Street this past Wednesday night.
After Boonlert, 37-years-old, had just closed, he saw an individual approaching. Boonlert recognized the individual as the same person that had robbed him a week earlier. As the individual approached, Boonlert locked the doors to his food truck.
The attempted robber jumped onto the hood of the truck. He pointed a gun towards Boonlert. Boonlert took one shot. It went through the windshield. It didn’t hit the suspect. As soon as the victim shot at the robbery suspect, the suspect fled.
Neither Boonlert nor two other people in the food truck were hurt. Boonlert said, “I saw him point a gun at me. So I shot out, one time.”
Food Truck Coalition President Ericka Lassair stated that the two incidents were worrisome. “It’s a scary situation because we’re all doing jobs at night. I have a gun, but I don’t carry it and now it makes me want to carry it, but who wants to use it?” Lassair said.
Jeersak Boonlert’s food truck is called Thai D-Jing. Boonlert said that although they’re usually open at night 4 days out of the week, they’re going to start only opening for lunch for a while.
New Orleans Police Department Sgt. Bradley Glaudi said that he doesn’t believe criminals are targeting food trucks. “I would not say food trucks all around the city have to worry about this. I would say this was a crime of opportunity,” Glaudi said.
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