In essence, not bad...
...but when it was over: The Essence Festival concluded Saturday with what seemed like fewer crimes than normal last week. But the Marigny Triangle--at the opposite end of the 8th District from most of the festivities--was walloped with 3 armed robberies over the weekend.
Arrested was Patrick Jones, 31, whose last know address was on Old Gentilly Road. He has a history of arrests for possession of marijuana and heroin. He was arrested in December, 2005 as a felon in possession of a firearm and was out on $21,000 bond, awaiting his next court hearing on 7.18.07. His bond for this latest arrest was set at $125,000 and he's sitting in OPP.
On Sunday morning (7.8.07) at 1:28 a.m., there was an armed robbery at Touro and Royal streets, in which police arrested a suspect. The police report is not yet available.
On Sunday night (7.8.07) at 7 p.m., there was an armed robbery at Dauphine and Frenchmen streets. The robber is still at large. The police report is not yet available.
Car crimes abound: Car thefts and car burglaries are getting out of hand, despite 8th District NOPD officers managing to arrest a couple of car thieves and another couple of car burglars. But those perpetrators didn't seem to be the cause of the car crime wave: There were 12 cars stolen in the 8th District last week (from 7.1.07 to 7.7.07), with 3 of them on the last day of Essence Festival on Saturday--plus another 6 on Sunday (7.8.07) and a carjacking, all in the CBD.
There were 13 car burglaries in that time too. (My own car was vandalized again too--for the 7th time in as many years...I know: "Welcome to the French Quarter...").
The cops arrested one guy for a car break-in on Thursday (6.28.07) in the 300 block of Burgundy Street, then scored a "2 fer" on Thursday (7.5.07) when they arrived on the scene of a car burglary reported in progress in the 900 block of Poydras Street at 2:33 a.m. They found a Chevy Trail Blazer with the passenger-side window broken out and a black man fitting the description a witness reported crawling out of the rear door of the vehicle with items from in it. When officers searched the suspect's pockets, they found a checkbook and credit card taken from another vehicle that had been broken into in the 500 block of Julia Street earlier in the evening.
By my calendar, he shouldn't have been out to commit the 2003 crime, nor have been out to wander through the CBD last Thursday morning. I know, I know--"time off for good behavior". What, so they can return to bad behavior on the outside? We worry about judges or the DA cutting guys loose early before prosecuting them; we should be worrying about guys who are convicted and are out early walking amongst us. Let's see what Eddie Jordan does this time; I'm tired of my car being broken into--aren't you?