Whew: It's taken the better part of the week for figure out what happened to a suspect after he was arrested for an armed robbery on Monday night. Turns out the guy the police report said was arrested was wrong: the officer had the right last name, but the wrong first name and the wrong date of birth. You can imagine what hay the defense attorney will make of that when the case goes to court.
What happened was this:
The victim, sufficiently incensed by loosing his wallet and cash and receiving the gash on his arm, walked around the French Quarter looking for his assailant. (Isn't the NOPD supposed to do this?) Nearly 2 hours later, the victim spotted the perpetrator at Royal and Toulouse streets at 11:32 p.m. The victim and 2 friends apprehended the perpetrator and held him until police arrived.
Arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery was James G. White, 24. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
The mounties to the rescue: With all the burglaries lately, it's nice to see the police nab a suspect. On Tuesday night about 10:14 p.m., officers on mounted patrol saw a black guy jump the fence from 1860 Burgundy St. after throwing a bicycle over it. The suspect fled on foot but the mounties surrounded the area and apprehended Jerome Dominick, 23, well-known to the police for a long history of burglary charges.
Speaking of burglaries, according to Capt. Edwin Hosli a warrant has been issued for Wade Crawford, 28, a white male, in the burglary last week of 916 St. Ann St. Police believe that burglary is related to another burglary at 1025 St. Ann St. They are still investigating another burglary last week at 834 Orleans St.
Tale of 2 suspects: Eric Gentris and Oneil Carter, who were charged for an armed robbery last July, went to court this past week and came out with drastically different results.
Gentris, 18, (top) pled guilty on Monday to a charge of first-degree robbery reduced from armed robbery and was sentenced to 7 years in the state pen. (Judge Frank Marullo suggested Gentris use the time to get his GED, a pair of eyeglasses, and medical treatment for his asthma. Sounds more like summer camp than the slammer.)
Gentris' buddy, Carter, 20, (bottom) chose a jury trial instead on armed robbery charges against him. After Carter's defense attorney discarded 10 jurors likely to convict his client, on Tuesday that jury couldn't decide on a verdict, resulting in a hung jury. It's up to the DA whether to charge Carter again.
The pair were arrested 7.8.07 for robbing a 36-year-old woman who lives on Royal Street as she and a male companion were walking near Royal and Touro streets at about 1:30 a.m.
Figuring out what's happening: After reporting earlier this week that the DA had cut Gino McDowell lose on a number of charges, including for an armed robbery in the French Quarter, we may have finally figured out what's happening with him.
The day after McDowell, 19, pled not guilty 11.5.07 to attempted second degree murder and the DA suddenly dropped that charge, the grand jury returned an indictment for first degree murder. He pled not guilty and is sitting in OPP without bond awaiting trial.
What's it take?: Remember the robbery on Bourbon Street in June that was caught on videotape and was so vicious that it sent the victim to the hospital with a fractured skull and possible broken neck, leaving him in a coma for nearly a week?
Gordon is still charged with armed robbery and is in OPP on $100,000 awaiting trial.
The victim and several friends were walking just after 3 a.m. on 6.22.07 in the 300 block of Bourbon Street when they were approached by 6 or 7 black men who tried to sell them drugs. The victim started to walk away when one of the men pick-pocketed his wallet. The victim tried to get it back when the perpetrator slugged him with his fist on the left side of the head. The
victim fell backward and landed on the concrete, suffering the severe injuries.
Now online: NOcrimeline is now online with its own webpage at www.nocrimeline.com. On the web you'll be able to access previous Crime Update reports, which include perpetrators' pictures, links to their inmate data, and the charges against them.
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