Victim not talking: A violent incident over the weekend caused enough of a stir to prompt inquiries from NOcrimeline readers, but the victim wants to forget about it.
One woman said a severely beaten man, stumbled toward Harry's Corner and collapsed unconscious in the 600 block of Dumaine Street (between Chartres and Royal streets) Saturday night between 8 and 9 p.m. while the bar patrons were watching the LSU game. A tourist came into the bar and asked if anyone knew the man "...bleeding to death on the corner."
They found the man bleeding profusely from his mouth with a gash on the back of his head. The linings of his pockets were turned out and he was clutching his ID in his hand as he laid on the sidewalk.
There was no police report on the incident, but Maj. Edwin Hosli, commander of the 8th District, dispatched detectives to the hospital where the victim had been taken by ambulance.
The NOPD, which is often criticized for not reporting all the crimes in the French Quarter, certainly can't be criticized in this case. I'd say Maj. Hosli bent over backward to accommodate the victim.
Bar robber convicted: A 19-year-old boy, who was suspected in a string of armed robberies of bars in the Lower Quarter and Marigny Triangle around Christmas time last year, was convicted yesterday (9.30.08) by a jury on one count of armed robbery with a firearm.
Terrell Anderson will be sentenced on 11.12.08 by Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras.
Kicking it down a notch: When 8th District detectives busted Anthony Fields on 7.12.07, they had enough to charge him with 3 counts of armed robbery, 2 counts of robbery with a firearm, and one count each of felon with a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
By the time he pled guilty last Thursday (9.25.08), his attorney had weaseled all those charges down to just 2: simple robbery and carrying a concealed weapon.
- 1424 Royal St. (on the Marigny side of Esplanade Avenue) on 7.12.07 at 12:55 a.m.: A trio of 24-year-old white men where walking along Royal when a black man came up behind them and stuck a black semi-automatic pistol in their backs. He ordered them to put their hands upagainst the wall as he removed their wallets from their pants' pockets. He then ordered the victims to lay on the ground as he fled up Esplanade toward the river.
- Burgundy and Barracks streets on 6.29.07 at 2:33 a.m.: Two 24-year-old white guys were walking down Burgundy toward Esplanade Avenue when they were robbed by 2 black guys with revolvers.
Violence be damned: Louis A Gordon, who was charged with a particularly vicious robbery on Bourbon Street last year, is walking the streets again after getting his case reduced to practically nothing.
But when the case got to court a week ago (9.23.08), the robbery charge was bargained down to the original battery charge and Gordon pled guilty.