Kids and guns...again: Just a few feet from where a man gunned down his wife in a bar earlier this month, 2 black boys finished a fight with gunfire early Monday (5.25.09) morning in the 800 block of Conti Street near Bourbon Street.
An off-duty security guard in the vicinity, armed with his permitted weapon, opened fire on the attackers, wounding Bernard Harper (top), 19, in the arm. He and his brother fled on foot on Conti toward N. Rampart Street but were apprehended a short time later by 8th District cops who recovered both of their weapons.
Bernard was booked into OPP late Thursday (5.28.09) afternoon after being released from University Hospital on a charge of attempted 1st-degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000 by Magistrate Gerard Hansen.
Sullivan Harper (bottom), 17, was charged with attempted 1st-degree murder and is in OPP on $750,000 bond set by Magistrate Harry Cantrell on Monday.
Crime down, but fear remains: Big Chief Warren Riley was miffed the other day when he didn't get credit for crime being down this year. All of us who are leery of Riley's so-called strategies are reluctant to give him credit, but considering we blame him when crime is up, it seems fair to give him credit when it declines. Crime is down this year, at least in the 8th District, for whatever reason.
Riley's BS persists: During his brushup with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in front of the City Council a week or 2 ago, Riley once again poor-mouthed the NOPD's budget, saying he couldn't possibly spare the 30 or so officers the DA said he needed to more vigorous pursue investigations of violent crimes. Didn't Riley just a couple of weeks ago, when the last class graduated from the police academy, say his force was now up to pre-Katrina levels (even though the population is at about 75%)?
Arresting our way out of crime: You often hear "social scientists" and police chiefs who try to be one say "You can't arrest your way out of crime." I think I heard someone (maybe Riley, who's said it before) say it again last week. I suppose they mean you're always going to have criminals, like the poor, to deal with. But you've certainly got to believe that taking a bad guy off the street is going to prevent at least some future crimes.
Consider this case:
And there are others: You just don't rob people who know you! A 25-year-old guy got into a car near the Superdome on 5.15.09 with 2 guys he knew that he was going to buy Saints' tickets from. When he pulled out his wad of cash to pay for them, the other passenger in the car pulled out a gun and demanded all his money, then made him get out of the car as it took off.
Turns out, he admitted under questioning to accidentally shooting himself. Police charged him with carrying a concealed handgun, illegal discharge of a firearm, and criminal mischief for filing the false police report.
Other robberies: A number of robberies popped up recently, but only one arrest was registered. 8th District cops apprehended Joseph A. Davis, 18, and charged him with simple robbery on Sunday (5.24.09) after he allegedly grabbed money from a white woman when she pulled it out to make a purchase in a business in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.
- 5.25.09, 10:30 p.m.: 2 white men were walking in the 900 block of N. Rampart Street (between St. Philip and Dumaine streets) around 10:30 p.m. when they were attacked by a trio of black dudes. They knocked the men to the ground and took their property.
- 5.15.09, 10 p.m.: A white man standing at the CapitalOne Bank ATM at Bienville and Royal streets had his wallet snatched from his hand by a black chick, who ran off toward Canal Street. She was described as 5'2" tall, weighing 110 pounds.
- 5.15.09, 5:20 p.m.: 2 white women walking in the 800 block of Decatur Street (between Dumaine and St. Ann streets) when they were approached by 2 shoeshine boys who began shining their shoes. When they demanded a tip, one of the women gave them some money, but then the men snatched money from the other woman's purse.
- 5.13.09, 3:50 a.m.: A 53-year-old black man walking to work in the 800 block of Fulton Street (between Julia and St. Joseph streets, near the convention center) was approached by 2 black thugs who asked for money. He ignored them and kept walking, but they came up behind him with guns drawn and held one to his back and the other to his head while taking cash from his front pocket.
- 5.11.09, 3:05 a.m.: An Asian woman standing near Bourbon and Canal streets was robbed by 2 black chicks who grabbed her purse and fled on foot down Canal to Dauphine Street. The description was scant, only identifying one of the girls as 5'9" tall and wearing a yellow shirt.
- 5.6.09, 1:45 a.m.: A 45-year-old white man walking in the 500 block of St. Charles Avenue (by Lafayette Square) was robbed by a gun-toting black guy who fled toward the river with the loot.
- 5.24.09, 2:36 a.m.: A black guy walking in the 600 block of N. Rampart Street (between St. Peter and Toulouse streets) was approached by a "friend" who pulled out a baseball bat and attempted to hit the guy with it. The victim took away his friend's bat, but the friend pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim.
- 5.19.09, 11 p.m.: A black man sitting in a bar in the 300 block of N. Peters Street (between Conti and Bienville streets) when a girlfriend came up and started an argument with him. The man left the bar, but was followed by the woman who allegedly stabbed him.
- 5.13.09, 10:02 p.m.: An Asian man was near Iberville and N. Peters streets when he got into an argument with a friend. The friend pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim before fleeing.