Just when you think: We were saying not much was happening, crime-wise, when it goes kablooey in the last few days with pursesnatchings and muggings:
- Saturday (10.10.09) 1:51 a.m.: A white couple walking in the 900 block of St. Louis Street (between Burgundy and Dauphine streets) were accosted by 2 black dudes who grabbed their cellphones from their hands and fled toward N. Rampart Street.
- Saturday (10.10.09) 4:14 a.m.: A white guy walking in the 700 block of Common Street (between St. Charles Avenue and Carondolet Street) had his cellphone grabbed from his hand by a black guy who fled on foot up St. Charles to Canal Street and then turned toward N. Rampart Street.
- Sunday (10.11.09) 2:55 a.m.: A white female walking from the French Quarter to her hotel in the 1300 block of Canal Street (why doesn't someone tell these tourists to take a cab?) was robbed of her purse by a black guy who came up behind her.
- Sunday (10.11.09) 4:10 a.m.: A white woman walking in the 700 block of St. Peter Street (between Bourbon and Royal streets) had her purse snatched by a black guy who then fled toward N. Rampart Street.
- Monday (10.12.09) 1:48 a.m.: A white man walking in the 1000 block of Bourbon Street (between St. Philip and Ursulines streets) was robbed by 2 black guys dressed in all-black clothing who threw him against the wall and emptied his pockets.
- Monday (10.12.09) 6:55 p.m.: A white woman walking in the 800 block of Toulouse Street (between Dauphine and Bourbon streets) was robbed of her purse by a black guy who fled down Bourbon.
They're everywhere, they're everywhere: Just because the crime doesn't happen in the French Quarter doesn't mean the perps aren't walking our streets.
A suspect wanted for a murder in September, 2008, a few blocks across N. Rampart Street on Ursulines Avenue turned himself into 8th District cops last night (10.13.09) in the French Market at Barracks Street.
It's not known what prompted Steven G. Powell, 27, to suddenly give up yesterday, nor how long there's been a warrant out for his arrest, but his alleged accomplice surrendered on 8.28.09 after he learned of the warrant.
In the meantime, Powell has been in and out of the justice "system", which apparently was unaware there was a warrant out for his arrest on 2nd-degree murder charges.
- On 8.25.09 court records show Powell was in custody after peeing positive for the drug court, but no one--including Judge Ben Willard--knew of an outstanding warrant and set him free.
- On 9.2.09, Powell pled guilty to possession of a concealed weapon before Magistrate Anthony Russo, who gave him a 6-month suspended sentence and let him go. Again no one knew of a warrant.