The bad guys focused mostly on the tourists in town for the Bayou Classic this past weekend, but there was just enough mayhem in the Lower Quarter and Marigny Triangle to spoil the weekend for residents.
Another boy bandit?: A boy, believed to be no more than 11 years old, was in a gang of 3 black boys who held up a 19-year-old white man at the corner of N. Rampart and St. Anthony streets on Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. The 11-year-old stepped up to the victim, who lives nearby, and pointed a small black semi-automatic handgun at him and demanded his money. Thinking it was a joke, the victim kept walking until another boy in the gang, believed to be 16 or 17 years old, put a gun to his head and ordered the victim give his money to the kid. The victim gave them his wallet which had only a debit card but no cash in it and his password-protected iPhone.
A citizen reported seeing someone stash a gun behind the burglary bars of an abandoned house at 2021 N. Rampart; the gun fit the description of the gun used in the crime. Detectives are hoping a video camera in the 1800 block of N. Rampart will show the perpetrators walking toward the victim when they are able to view the tape.
Later that day: At about 9:30 p.m., a 24-year-old Kenner woman was robbed in the 900 block of St. Philip Street. As she was walking down the street, a black man walking from the opposite direction told her to drop her purse and then pulled a small silver-plated semi-automatic handgun and grabbed the tote bag from her shoulder. The bag contained a payroll check and 3 small emeralds. The thief then told her to walk toward Dauphine Street as he turned and got into a gold-colored SUV that turned around and fled the wrong way on St. Philip.
Earlier in the week: A presumably local woman of unknown age (thanks to a sloppily written police report) was robbed Friday of her purse further down St. Philip on Chartres Street by a man described similarly to the previous robber using a similar MO. The victim was walking on Chartres near St. Philip about 5:45 p.m. when a black man approached from the opposite direction and said, "B***h, give me your purse--this ain't no game!" She complied, and the robber fled to a white vehicle (sedan? SUV? pickup? Who knows?) which drove off up Chartres.
The robber was described as 25 to 35 years old, 5'9" tall, weighing 170 pounds, with a brown complexion, wearing a brown leather jacket.
Then again: Just 2 days later, a 58-year-old tourist from Kentucky was robbed of her purse about 4:45 p.m. Sunday at Howard and Carondolet streets by a similar perpetrator with a similar MO. She was approached by a black man who tried to grab her purse from her arm. She struggled with the thief, who knocked her to the ground to get her purse.
Don't mess with the brothers: Three local black men, all in their mid-20s, were walking in the 300 block of Julia Street at about 2:18 a.m. Saturday morning when they were confronted by several other black men. One stood lookout, while another, armed with a black semi-automatic handgun which he pointed at the head of one of the victims, demanded the trio give up their "chains" (I take that to mean gold, or bling-bling, or whatever it's called in the 'hood these days). The victims complied and the perpetrators fled.
The gunman who got away was described as 19 years old, 5'7" tall, wearing a black hooded jacket and dark pants.
Some cases just don't make sense: A 27-year-old black tourist went into the 8th District police station to report he had been held up about 5:28 a.m. Friday morning in the 100 block of Bourbon Street by a man who demanded his car keys. He handed over his keys, he said, and then saw his yellow Mustang being driven down Canal Street a short time later, he said. He told the police he didn't see the perpetrator with a weapon nor did the perpetrator tell him he had one. He couldn't give a description of the perpetrator and had no information on the car.
Sometimes police don't make sense either: Police report K-32163 says a man was robbed at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning in the 800 block of Fulton Street. The crime map links report K-32163 to an armed robbery Monday morning at 5:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Commerce Street--5 blocks away. Hmmmm? One crime, mislabeled map? Two crimes, one report short? Perhaps chalk it up to an overworked staff that did a helluva job keeping the Bayou Classic in bounds this year. All in all, it was a relatively tame weekend.
Except for auto thefts: 36 cars were stolen in the past week, 30 of them this weekend (Friday to Sunday), with 14 alone stolen on Sunday, most of them in the CBD. What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans--including sometimes your ride.
As the saying goes: "Dress to kill" is a quaint expression turned into the name of a swank ladies' boutique at 207 Dauphine St. But there's no thought of renaming it after the phrase "Good enough to eat" following an incident there last Tuesday (11.20.07). A 23-year-old clerk attempted to stop a duo she suspected of shoplifting. A woman suspect fled on foot, and when the clerk put out her arm to attempt to stop the other suspect--a man dressed as a woman--bit the clerk on the arm and fled. Both he and the female suspect hopped in a car to make their getaway.
Arrested for aggravated battery was Manuel Brown, 21, a 5'8", 145-lb. male, whose last known address is 3723 Gibson St. He has bonded out of OPP on $2,500 bail.
The car was impounded for additional investigation of the merchandise found in it.