Cosimo's robbed again: If 8th District Detective Jason Giroir is having deja vu all over again, it's no wonder. Last year he investigated the robbery of Cosimo's Bar, 1201 Burgundy St., on 12.23.07. This year, the annual episode came a few days earlier: this past Thursday (12.18.08).
Quiet, and then: No crimes reported by the 8th District for Friday or Saturday (would that I could believe the French Quarter was actually so safe), but then Sunday (12.21.08) it's like all hell breaks loose:
- 1:13 a.m.: A Hispanic guy, with some apparent beef against the victim, a white man, got out of his car at Burgundy and Conti streets, allegedly took a pistol out of the car's trunk and pointed it at the victim. Then he calmly put the pistol back in the trunk and tried to leave the scene.
- 6:20 a.m.: A Hispanic man sitting in his vehicle on St. Louis Street near Bourbon Street was relieved of his ride by a black dude who came up on the driver's side and used a pistol to convince the driver to turn over the keys. The thug took the vehicle, headed down Bourbon and rounded onto Toulouse Street toward the river.
- 6:20 a.m.: At the exact same time as the previous incident, a white man walking the Moon Walk near St. Louis Street was accosted by 2 black hoodlums who struck him and took his wallet.
- 7:22 p.m.: Two black fellas found out the hard way that you can't get a gal with a gun. Five black girls were walking near the intersection of Canal Street and Elk Place when the 2 guys began flirting with them. When the girls ignored their advances, one of the guys pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded their money. The victims fled toward Tulane Avenue and flagged down a police car, pointing out the 2 guys who were trying to flee the scene on a RTA bus.
Rape was bogus: After all the stir a report of a rape on Decatur Street caused last week, it turns out the accusation was bogus after all.
The proprietor of the Havana Dreams cigar shop at 1101 Decatur St. is adamant that the rape the police reported happening upstairs at that address on 12.14.08 did not happen at that location.
After all that, he's free: It took the NOPD 6 months to apprehend a suspect in June for a robbery that took place in January, then the case dragged through the court until the DA decided not to prosecute Shaffee Dawson after all last Friday (12.19.08).
Pistol-packing mama freed: A woman 8th District cops arrested last May for allegedly pulling a pistol and pointing it at a couple of guys during a wee-hours argument in the 100 block of Bourbon Street is free of all charges.
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Walsh, in his email told Riley: