Charges pile up: One of the 2 black dudes arrested for a couple of robberies early last Tuesday added some frequent-felon points in a couple of other crimes the previous night.
The robber then forced the bartender to the back room and demanded that he open the safe. When the bartender replied that he did not know the code, the robber demanded that he call his manager and obtain the code. The bartender called the manager and received a code but was still unable to open the safe. (I'm scratching my head. Isn't the point where the manager should be calling the police?)
The robber then walked with the victim back to the register at the front of the bar, retrieved the $60 from the victim's wallet and $396 from the cash register and forced the victim to sit in the back room while he fled.
The perpetrator was described as 20 to 25 years old, 5'8" tall, weighing 200 pounds, with a round face, dark complexion, clean shaven and short hair, wearing a black hoodie, cargo shorts, and a light blue shirt.
The suspect was described as a black male, 30 to 35 years-old, 5'8" to 5'11" tall, with "a broad nose, large lips and wide eyes" (I kid you not. That's how the NOPD press release described him) . He was wearing a dark shirt and jeans; earlier reports had him wearing a black T-shirt under the black leather jacket.
The robber approached the trio as they were getting into their car. He stuck a chrome-plated semi-automatic handgun into the chest of the older woman and demanded her purse, which he grabbed along with a gold necklace from around her neck. When he demanded the man's wallet and was told he didn't have one, the robber fled up Pauger toward St. Claude Avenue.
The "Dr. Dre" look-alike was further described as in his early 30s, 5'9" tall, weighing 200 pounds, with a stocky build and a medium complexion, wearing a brown cap, black jacket and dark colored pants.
The 2 women are suspects in at least one other French Quarter robbbery.
Could this have been the duo responsible for 2 muggings in the Quarter on Sunday morning?
At 6:45 a.m., a 48-year-old black man was walking on Esplanade Avenue at Bourbon Street when he was approached by a dark-colored pickup truck. The passenger, just like in the previous incident, asked for directions to I-10 while the driver got out, punched the victim, and took his wallet.
In both cases, the bad guys were described as white/Hispanic in their 20s, 5'9" to 5'10" tall, weighing 200 pounds, one wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt and blue jeans, and the other with no shirt, white pants, white shoes and a gold-colored hat.
Police think it might be an isolated spree, but considering the warning from the NOcrimeline subscriber, I'd be paying attention to dark pickups occupied by Hispanics cruising the Quarter, man.
The Hispanic bunch (there, is that better?) fled toward Bienville Street, while the black boys fled toward Burgundy Street.
Let's just hope that the clumsy and belated efforts by the TP to get similar reports doesn't screw up our pipeline to that information.
What planet is he from? You can characterize the citizens of New Orleans in a lot of ways, but "apathetic" is not one of them. New Orleanians--of any age, of any race, of any neighborhood--have an opinion on everything whether they know anything about it or not.
The fact remains that the TP has largely sat on its butt regarding neighborhood crime news since the storm. Let's hope that its current efforts to once again generate timely crime news meets with success--but not at the expense of what residents of the 8th District are already getting through Nocrimeline.com.
"Hoodie"=hoodlum: Yeah, I know "hoodie" is what hooded sweatshirts are now called--even I used to have one that I loved dearly (I wonder what happed to it--I hope it didn't fall into the wrong hands).
Maybe when you see someone wearing a hoodie coming toward you, assume the worst. And have your finger on the 911 button.