3 robberies in 20 minutes: A black bandit wearing a red bandanna over his face pulled off 3 stick-ups early Friday morning. One victim described him as 16 to 20 years old with a light complexion. The victims described him as between 5'3" to 5'9" tall, weighing 145 to 150 pounds. In each case, they said he had medium length dreadlocks to his shoulders, and was wearing a dark-colored shirt and baggy pants--and the red bandanna over his face.
Here's what happened where and when:
- 12:05 a.m., Friday (4.11.08), 900 block of Chartres Street (between Dumaine and St. Philip streets): A white man (the police report didn't give his age or residence) was walking on Chartres when a black guy walking in front of him suddenly turned around and pointed a pistol at him, demanding money. The victim complied and the robber fled on foot.
- 12:10 a.m., Friday (4.11.08), 900 block of Ursulines Street (between Dauphine and Burgundy streets): A white woman (again, the police report didn't give her age or residence) was walking on Ursulines when a black guy approached her, pulled out a pistol and demanded money. The victim ran into a nearby business and the would-be robber fled.
- 12:25 a.m., Friday (4.11.08), 1100 block of Bourbon Street (between Gov. Nicholls and Ursulines streets): 2 white men (once again, the police report didn't give their ages or residence) were approached by the same black guy with a gun who demanded their money. The victims dropped their wallets on the ground and fled.
They let him out too soon: Remember the dude who nearly got his you-know-what shot off when he tried to rob a couple earlier this week when the would-be victim took out his own gun and got 4 shots off at the would-be robber? Bruce Jones spent only a few hours at OPP before he bonded out Wednesday on minor charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.
Now 8th District detectives say Jones, 26, is one of 2 black guys who robbed the convenience store at Dauphine and St. Louis streets in broad daylight 3 weeks ago and issued a warrant for his arrest yesterday. A day late and a dollar short, as they say.
They caught another one: 8th District detectives arrested Christopher S. Hughes, 24, last night for armed robbery. He's being held in OPP on $100,000 bond.
He is charged in the robbery of a white couple who were walking in the 1000 block of Bienville Street (between Burgundy and N. Rampart streets) last Sunday (4.6.08) at 3:30 a.m. They were approached from behind by 3 black men. One pulled a pistol and demanded money. The victims complied, handing over cash and the woman's purse.
Hurray, hurray: You don't hear too often of suspects being arrested for breaking into cars, but Officer Claud Daniel bagged 2 of them this morning at 12 a.m. for car burglary at 809 Iberville St. (between Bourbon and Dauphine streets). Arrested were 2 black men: Curtis Landon (left), 20, and Rasheed Williams (right), 22. Each was charged with 2 counts of simple burglary.
Let the jury, not the cops, decide: We lamented the other day that it was a shame the cops couldn't find something stronger than "aggravated assault" to charge a guy with when he pulls a gun on you but doesn't shoot or rob you.
Now an attorney, who says he ran the DA's office for 3 years and represented it for 24 years after that, charges the cops are just being too timid in charging suspects.
It does make you wonder, doesn't it? Shouldn't a lieutenant, or at least a sergeant, have been on the scene in the Jones case to figure out all the ways they could throw the book at that scumbag? Then maybe he would have still been in jail when they wanted to arrest him after they figured out he was the perpetrator in the store armed robbery.