Good news if true: We're being asked to believe there have been only 11 robberies (or attempts) in the first 2 weeks of this month. That seems like a ridiculously few, but if true it's a whole lot better than it's been in recent memory.
Some good news: Of the 2 robberies reported in the past week, cops nabbed the perps in each case:
- Friday (9.11.09): A 25-year-old white guy sitting in his car on Dumaine Street near Royal Street around 10:40 p.m. was robbed by a young black punk who pulled a gun and demanded the victim's money and car keys. The perp took off in the car but was apprehended a short time later.
- Saturday (9.12.09): Two white men, one 33 and the other 37, were walking in the 1200 block of Chartres Street (near Le Richelieu Hotel) around 2:30 a.m. when they were robbed by 2 black thugs who pulled guns and demanded their money.
More good news: Another young punk, who allegedly stole a man's cellphone last May, was due to be arraigned today (9.15.09) after being caught by 8th District detectives early last month.
Not so good news: No word yet on whether the DA will level felony battery charges against the Gretna police chief's son who was charged last month with misdemeanor battery after allegedly knocking a tourist senseless near the French Quarter.
Lawson fled the scene but was called back to it by friends who remained there until police arrived. When Lawson--who has more connections than a home entertainment center (father Gretna police chief, uncle major in the Gretna police department, he an aide to Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts)--returned to the scene with his uncle in tow to speak with the 2 cops investigating the incident.
They said investigating officers are the ones who make the decision on what to charge, unless it's a complicated case, in which a ranking officer, such as a sergeant might be consulted and make the call. Or it could be turned over to the district's detectives for more investigation to determine the appropriate charges.
For starters, how about a police chief who's on the case when something of this magnitude happens?