Sorry for the delay: A brief stay in Hotel Touro put me behind some, but by all appearances, you didn't miss much. Where did all the bad guys go? Did we win? Is it safe to go out on the streets at all hours again?
Doing some further checking, it appears the 8th District reported more robberies for July, 2008 than the NOPD did on its crime map. Is this another case of the NOPD expunging unfavorable stats to make Big Chief Riley look good while he prepares to get the hell out of Dodge? Stay tuned--we'll do some more checking.
Trendy?: Are the days of being accosted on the street by an armed robber or pursesnatcher over? That possibility seemed to breed terror into residents of the French Quarter and Marigny Triangle in the past, but such incidents have become increasingly rare.
- Wednesday (8.12.09): An armed black thug barged into the 700 Club at 700 Burgundy St. (corner of St. Peter Street) around 1:07 a.m. and robbed several customers at the bar: 2 women, one 24, the other 20; 2 men, one 21, the other 22.
- Thursday (8.13.09): Another black thug pulled a semi-automatic pistol inside Jimani Lounge & Restaurant, 141 Chartres St., around 9:56 p.m. and demanded money from the bartender. He complied and the robber fled on foot down Iberville Street toward N. Rampart Street.
- Saturday (8.8.09): A brazen black dude came up to a white woman in Harrah's Casino around 10:27 p.m. and grabbed her purse, but casino security caught up with him as he attempted to flee.
Don't let your guard down: It may seem benign out there now, but be vigilant. As you know from the past, just when we think we can relax, out of nowhere comes trouble.