Not long enough: Buffa's Bar & Lounge--the scene a few months ago of a number of meetings on combating crime in the neighborhood--itself fell victim to crime early Friday (7.31.09) morning.
Long enough: It took a while, but cops finally hauled 3 long-time fugitives back to court to face charges going back to early 2008. (It also took a while for NOcrimeline to learn of these arrests when we checked our warrant file--the NOPD is not big on crowing about their successes):
- Dornelius Brown, 19: Though a warrant was issued by 8th District NOPD detectives on 3.28.08 for 2 armed robberies on 3.5.08 in the French Quarter, it took nearly a year to take him into custody.
- Randall Campo, 41: Police arrested him 4.4.08 almost immediately after he and an accomplice snatched the purse from a woman walking with a male companion in the 100 block of N. Peters Street (near Canal Street) around 1:25 a.m.
- Andrew Norris, 23: Norris is another one who got tired of the plodding pace of justice in Orleans Parish and simply walked away from his own trial.
Guilty, more or less: A number of long, drawn-out cases from last year have finally found justice, more or less:
- Armed robberies, 4.13.08: A pair of suspects arrested in 2 armed robberies that happened within 20 minutes of each other on Decatur Street met totally different fates in Criminal District Court.
Judge Terry Alarcon sentenced Bell on the 3 charges to 10 years and 1 day in prison "without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension" of the sentence.
- Armed robberies, 10.30.08: In another case of 2 armed robberies pulled off within less than 30 minutes of each other, the 2 suspects also had different fates.
Gates' dragged on for another 3 months until he pled guilty in late June to 2 counts of the lesser charge of being an accessory to armed robbery, as the alleged getaway car driver. He was given a 5-year suspended sentence by Judge Alarcon.
- Carjacking, 8.10.08: Kind of a split decision on this one, a case that might be called "Dumb and Dumber" meets "Deal Or No Deal."
On 7.24.09 Perkins pled guilty when the charge was reduced to attempted armed robbery. Judge Landrum-Johnson gave him a 3-year sentence, but since it runs at the same time as an earlier 3-year, 6-month sentence she gave him, also for attempted armed robbery, it's kind of like a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card for this crime.
- Armed robbery, 1.18.09: Not so long, not so drawn out, but a helluva long sentence for stealing a coat.
Not all there: Sometimes there's just not enough evidence--or witnesses--to prosecute a case. The DA refused to prosecute these cases recently:
- Aggravated battery, 2.7.09: The DA refused to prosecute Byron Johnson, 37, who took umbrage when a guy slapped his girlfriend on her butt in the 200 block of Royal Street and apparently got so mad he wound up allegedly stabbing his girlfriend's assailant in the neck with a pocketknife.
- Pursesnatching, 4.19.09: Though the DA dropped the charge of pursesnatching stemming from an incident at Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue, Allen Stribling Jr., now 20, pled guilty last Wednesday (7.29.09) to 11 charges ranging from burglary to theft from March to May and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
- Armed robberies, 5.4.09: The DA dropped charges last Tuesday (7.28.09) against Jerry Corner, now 19, who was identified as the perp in the robbery of 4 elderly women walking in the 1000 block of Chartres Street.