Not special any more?: I've noticed a sharp decline in the number of patrol cars going by my house with their blue lights flashing since Mardi Gras--which is to say, none in the last few days.
The bad guys--which had been held at bay by the blue lights--must have noticed a decline too. To wit:
- Armed robbery, yesterday (3.3.09), 1:24 a.m.: A white couple, he 37 and she 22, were walking on Kerlerec Street when they were stopped in front of 1028 (between N. Rampart and Burgundy streets) by 3 black dudes. One pulled a knife and demanded their valuables, which they surrendered.
- Armed robbery, last Saturday (2.28.09), 3:45 a.m.: Two young black men in their early 20s were walking in the 1000 block of St. Louis Street (between N. Rampart and Burgundy streets) when 2 armed black dudes accosted and demanded their money. The victims gave it up and the robbers fled toward Bourbon Street.
- Armed robbery, last Wednesday (2.25.09), 9:50 a.m.: A rather dapper black man walked into the Iberia Bank, 601 Poydras St., and gave the teller a robbery note and implied he had a weapon. The teller gave him the loot and he departed through the Camp Street exit, headed for Natchez Street on foot.
- Pursesnatching, Monday (3.2.09), 11:50 a.m.: Two white women were walking in the 700 block of Union Street (near Carondelet Street) when a black guy came up from behind. He grabbed both women's purses, but managed to pull only one of them free from the women's grasp.
- Violent robbery, Mardi Gras night (2.24.09), 11:15 p.m.: A white guy celebrating the waning hours of Carnival was attacked by a gang of 4 black punks while standing at Bienville Street and Exchange Place (between Chartres and Royal streets). They struck him, knocking him to the ground, then took his driver's license and bank card from his pocket.
- Gunshots fired, last Saturday (2.28.09), 12:34 a.m.: Police found a 21-year-old Hispanic man wildly firing a pistol into the air in the 700 block of Kerlerec Street (between Royal and Bourbon streets) near the R-Bar. Although he tried to flee when he saw the cops, they caught up with him.