Not 100% fool-proof: Despite the NOPD's major new strategy for dealing with crime in the French Quarter, not all the bad guys have gotten the memo. There have been hardly any incidents in the past couple of weeks, but these 2 cases stand out:
- Monday (2.2.09) 3:38 a.m.: A 59-year-old white man walking in the 100 block of Exchange Place (just off Canal Street) was approached by a black panhandler who wasn't patient enough for charity. The black guy told the victim he had a gun, then punched him in the head, knocking him to the ground, and took his wallet containing cash and a debit card, then fled on foot.
- Wednesday (1.28.09), 6:50 a.m.: A white man walking up 1300 block of Burgundy Street (between Esplanade Avenue and Barracks Street) was stopped by 2 black men in a silver-colored SUV who played the "we be the cops" scam on him. They asked to see his identification and when he pulled out his wallet, the guy in the passenger seat grabbed it while the driver sped off toward Esplanade, turning toward the river. (By the way, it works both ways: Unless they're in uniform, ask to see any so-called "cops" ID too.)