Crime maps at long last: Maybe it's just a coincidence, but after Scott Satchfield's report Monday night on WWL-TV about the NOPD's online crime maps not working, they were fully functional within 3 days on Thursday.
Are they really crimefighters?: A lot of NOcrimeline readers were alarmed by the 2 armed robberies a little over a week ago in the 1300 block of Royal Street, so when the 8th District issued an arrest warrant for one of the suspects, it seemed like good news. The trouble is who knows what the suspect, Taurus Legendre, looks like?
Then on Tuesday, in a weekly feature in the Times-Picayune, the Metropolitan Crime Commission ran a wanted poster with Legendre's mugshot on it. Simple enough, we thought: We'll get the picture from the MCC's website.
The other guy: The other mugshot we asked the NOPD for was that of Mark Melerine, for whom the 8th District has 2 arrest warrants out that charge him with 2 pursesnatchings.
The second one occurred 4.29.08 in the middle of the day, 12:25 p.m., in the 1300 block of Bourbon Street.
Mark Melerine has managed to skate through Criminal District Court, where weapons charges were dismissed by the DA in July and in August--well after the arrest warrants for robbery were issued. If he was in court, why weren't the warrants served then?
Is that all there is?: Not much, but here's what the 8th District is reporting in the way of crime:
- Carjacking, Tuesday (10.14.08): A black man was sitting inside his vehicle at about 2:14 a.m. at the intersection of Canal and S. Rampart streets when 2 black dudes, one of whom pulled a pistol, demanded he get out of his car. He did and the robbers sped off in his car down N. Rampart Street.
- Simple robbery, Tuesday (10.14.08): A white man walking at 2:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Bourbon Street (between St. Philip and Dumaine streets) was assaulted from behind by black guy who pushed him to the ground and took his wallet.