This is HARD labor...
All that work for what?: The NOPD apprehended one suspect in 2 armed robberies in the French Quarter yesterday. Charles J. Bush, 25, whose last known address was 1531 Conti St., was charged with attempted armed robbery.
Citizens helped: The involvement of some citizens may have helped in the apprehension of Bush, though they're not so sure. One resident who lives in the 1100 block of Burgundy (between Gov. Nicholls and Ursulines) said he "was sitting on my porch in the 1100 block of Burgundy and noticed 2 young men walking on opposite sides of the street, circling back and following solitary pedestrians. I called 911 and gave the operator a detailed description and location of these guys." But he says he never saw a police car respond.
All 3 of these citizens probably had a bigger role in the apprehension of this suspect than they think. And the couple who first noticed the suspects said they will make it a point to take their cellphone with them next time they go out, so they can call 911 if they see something suspicious. (I take mine with me when I take the garbage to the curb!)
Not so lucky: In an earlier armed robbery yesterday, a 29-year-old white man who lives in the 600 block of Ursulines Avenue who was walking home from his shift as a bartender, was robbed at 6:30 a.m. by 3 black thugs loitering in the 500 block of Burgundy. As he tried to walk by them, they grabbed him and one stuck a gun in his side. They went through his pockets and took his iPod and a wallet containing $75. The hoods fled up Burgundy to Conti Street. The victim reported the theft at the 8th District station at Conti and Royal streets.
- 6'1" tall, wearing a black "Biggie Small" shirt, blue jeans, blue baseball cap, armed with a blue steel revolver with black grips;
- 5'6" tall, weighing 140 pounds, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans;
- 5'7" tall, weighing 150 pounds, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Truth is...: In the same report, we accused Superintendent Warren Riley of taking away the individual NOPD districts' control over sex crimes, making it difficult for local commanders to explain to citizens in their districts what has happened in a sex crime. Truth is, sex crimes have been the province of the sex squad since long before Riley, even before Chief Pennington was here.
How it works: When a sex crime is reported to 911, an officer from the local NOPD district is dispatched to take initial information and determine if it is a sex crime. Then a sex squad detective is usually called while the uniformed officer is still on the scene. From that point on, any investigation is handled by the sex squad and any information released is up to the commander of that unit.
Solution: While residents are naturally concerned when sex crimes occur in their neighborhoods, it is difficult to divine the line between what the public needs to know and what needs to be confidential. In an ideal world of enlightened police departments, some one would come up with a formula that would satisfy everyone. In an ideal world...