Stick-ups: Crime took no break over the Good Friday holiday, as these armed robberies indicate:
- Friday (4.2.10) 1:00 a.m.: 2 white women walking in the 500 block of Conti Street (between Decatur and Chartres streets) were held up by a little punk who claimed to be armed. He took only one of the victims' purses and took off running toward Chartres.
- Friday (4.2.10) 10:30 p.m.: A Hispanic man walking in the 1000 block of Canal Street (between N. Rampart and Burgundy streets) was set upon by a gang of 4 black thugs, one of whom pulled a knife and demanded his cellphone. The victim was apparently unfazed by the incident since he didn't report it to police until the next day.
- Friday (4.2.10) 3:30 a.m.: A white woman walking in the 900 block of Canal Street (between Burgundy and Dauphine streets) fell victim to a robber who sounds an awfully lot like the one who robbed the 2 women a couple of hours earlier (see above), only this time he didn't imply he had a gun. He grabbed the woman's purse and fled in a red pickup truck parked on Dauphine near Canal, turning down Burgundy toward Esplanade Avenue.
- Friday (4.2.10) 11:30 p.m.: A white guy walking in the 600 block of Bourbon Street (between Toulouse and St. Peter streets) was accosted by 4 black boys--the same gang that struck on Canal Street an hour earlier?--who grabbed the victim's money from his hand and fled on foot.
- Dantrel Brown (top), 18, charged with simple robbery and illegal possession of stolen things under $300. He is being held in OPP in lieu of $30,000 bond.
- Jamal J. Johnson (middle), 17, charged with simple robbery. The magistrate found there was no probable cause to charge him with illegal possession of stolen things under $300, and dismissed that charge. He is being held on $25,000 bond.
- Alton Warren (bottom), 18, who has a criminal record going back to when he turned adult at 17, was charged only with simple robbery. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
- Sunday (3.28.10) 4:25 a.m.: A white woman walking in the 900 block of Canal Street (between Burgundy and Dauphine streets) had her purse snatched by a black thug who fled on foot down Dauphine toward Esplanade Avenue.
- Friday (3.26.10) 3:30 a.m.: A white guy who didn't know where he was on Bourbon Street (that happens a lot--particularly at this hour after a night of imbibing) was struck by a black dude who grabbed his wallet and fled.
No fatal, no foul?: This is a little mysterious. Just after midnight on Monday (4.5.10), 2 black boys--yes, boys, who were violating curfew--realized they had been wounded after hearing gunshots at Magazine and St. Joseph streets in the CBD. The police report doesn't say where the boys, one 16 and the other 17, were shot or how many times. Friends drove them to the LSU Trauma Center, where they were treated.