Hot corner: All of a sudden, N. Rampart Street has become the place NOT to be:
- Armed robbery: Early Sunday (3.15.09) morning around 4 a.m. 2 white men walking near Canal and N. Rampart streets were approached from behind by 2 black guys who stuck what felt like a gun in their backs and lifted the victims' wallets. The thieves fled down Canal on foot and turned on Bourbon Street into the French Quarter.
- Armed robbery: A white man walking in the 1000 block of Dumaine Street (between Burgundy and N. Rampart streets) on Friday (3.13.09) around 11:10 p.m. was robbed by a black man with a gun. The robber fled on foot toward N. Rampart and turned toward Canal Street.
- Pursesnatching: A white woman and a friend were waiting for a cab at the corner of Canal and N. Rampart streets on Saturday (3.14.09) at 5 a.m. when a white Ford pick-up truck pulled up next to them. A black man inside rolled down the window and asked if the women needed a ride. One of the women approached the truck, then noticed the cab they'd called was there, but as she turned to go the guy in the truck reached through the window and grabbed the woman's purse. He took off in the truck on Iberville Street, then down Burgundy Street.
- Pursesnatching: On Saturday or Sunday (the police report listed it as "Sunday, March 14"--Saturday was the 14th, Sunday was the 15th) a white couple were standing in the 1000 block of Toulouse Street (between Burgundy and N. Rampart streets) around 11:31 p.m. when a black chick came up and grabbed the woman's purse off her shoulder and fled on Toulouse toward N. Rampart. The husband pursued the thief, who dropped the purse before reaching N. Rampart.
Bruhaha on Bourbon: After an argument early Sunday (3.15.09) morning around 1 a.m. with the doormen at Temptations Gentlemen's Club, 327 Bourbon St. (between Bienville and Conti streets), 2 white guys were arrested.
Don't forget: The "Buffa's Bunch" (more formally known as Lower Quarter Citizens Against Crime) will meet Saturday (3.21.09) at noon at Buffa's Lounge at Esplanade Avenue and Burgundy Street.