Better to be pissed off than pissed on: A resident of the 1000 block of Barracks Street (between Burgundy and N. Rampart streets) nearly became the victim of an armed robbery early yesterday morning (8.17.08) when he chastised a black teenager for urinating in the street.
A short time later, Ofc. Charles Stamps, of the 8th District's Taskforce, apprehended the 2 at Conti and Bourbon streets. Arrested were: Willie Sorden, 18, (left) and Keith Perkins, 17, (right). Both were charged with attempted armed robbery and illegally carrying a weapon. Each is being held on $60,000 bond in OPP.
Wait, there's more: The above incident was the ONLY crime reported by the 8th District for the past week. I don't know why the 8th District is trying so hard to cover up what's happening in the French Quarter, Marigny Triangle, and CBD--except maybe it's so bad they're terribly embarrassed. But from a couple of reliable sources we've learned of these incidents:
- From a reliable source who has previously supplied us with accurate information: A friend of hers was robbed yesterday morning (8.17.08) between 1 and 1:30 a.m. at Royal and St. Peter streets while walking to his car after getting off work. She had no more information than that, but, of course, the 8th District had none.
- From an anonymous source, believed to be a NOPD officer: A black man was caught stealing a woman's purse Saturday evening at the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant near Harrah's Casino during the Saints' game. He was subdued by the patrons and bartenders until the police arrived.
Crackhouse can't be ignored: After we reported last week that neighbors in the Lower Quarter were distressed that Maj. Edwin Hosli, commander of the 8th District, was ignoring a crackhouse at the corner of Gov. Nicholls and Bourbon streets, Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas, the chief of operations and Hosli's boss, stepped in.
Now that the top brass in the NOPD has been alerted, let's see what happens.
More on "Open Carry": Our report on an anonymous group advocating armed citizen patrols of the French Quarter stirred some interest. If you want more information on the legality of openly carrying firearms in Louisiana, go to this website sponsored by OpenCarry.org. It attempts to clarify the issue.
As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome at NOcrimeline@gmail.com.