Out in force: No, not the cops. The bad guys are now roaming the French Quarter in gangs of 3 or more to rob citizens at all times of day and night. It used to be a lone gunman, or sometimes a duo, would rob residents walking down the street. But now they're ganging up. You'd think the cops might notice a gang of thugs prowling the Quarter and stop them to see what they're up to--but who knows what, if anything, they're doing to stymie this latest crime wave.
- Monday morning (7.7.08) at 12:10 a.m., a white woman, 40, walking to her home in the Marigny Triangle from front desk job at a French Quarter hotel was in the 1100 block of Royal Street (between Ursulines and Gov. Nicholls streets) when she was robbed by 3 black hoodlums.
As the thugs were walking away, "I sat up and looked in their direction. He looked back and said, "Lay down and look the other way or I'll have to shoot you in the face!"
The one robber was armed with a small snub-nosed chrome revolver. They all fled on foot up Ursulines toward N. Rampart Street.
The victim's description was much more specific: All were in their early 20's, ranged in height from 5'11" tall to 6'2" tall. One was light skinned and the other 2 darker; none had facial hair. One had hair almost to his shoulders in dreadlocks, the other shorter hair in dreadlocks, and the third's hair was very short, almost twists. None had visible tattoos, all were very fit looking and had athletic builds. One was wearing boots, a long black T-shirt, knee-length dark colored shorts, not cut-offs; 2 were wearing long white T-shirts and long denim shorts. That's one of the best descriptions from a victim I've read in a long time.
- Tuesday night (7.8.08), about an hour earlier, at 10:55 p.m., a young white guy walking in the 1100 block of Dauphine Street (between Ursulines and Gov. Nicholls streets) when he was accosted by 5 black hoodlums.
That makes at least 4 robberies reported perpetrated a gang of 3 or more black thugs in the last 2 weeks.
Then 2 days later on 7.1.08, a gang of 3 thugs assaulted a white couple, bumping very roughly into the woman, at Royal and Toulouse streets about 2 a.m. When the woman's companion tried to shield her from the ruffians, one of them pulled a gun and shot the man in the leg. One culprit was described as 6' tall, weighing 160 pounds, sporting dreadlocks; the other 2 were said to be 5'9" tall, weighing 150 pounds.
What would I do if I saw a pack of blacks walking toward me? I'd call 911 and tell them I spotted the gang responsible for the robberies in the Quarter. Let the police sort it out. Better safe than sorry.
Lone robber: A white woman was robbed of her purse in broad daylight on Monday (7.7.08) at 4:15 p.m. She was at the corner of St. Ann and Chartres streets when a black guy came up asked for directions to Canal Street. When she turned to point toward Canal, the crook grabbed her purse from her shoulder and fled on foot up St. Ann toward N. Rampart Street.
DA sets more suspects free: Maybe District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson is just clearing her desk of cases so she won't be bothered while she campaigns for judge, but she's cutting them loose at a record rate.
Where's the outrage: My God, people! When are you going to say "enough is enough" and demand a new mayor, a new police chief, a new district attorney, and new judges? Candidates are signing up through Friday for DA and criminal court judge--make sure there are candidates there we can elect who will do the job. We have to wait 2 more years to get a new mayor, but he could give us a new police chief if he wanted to improve his approval rating, which lags around Dubya's.