Blame this on the judge: Earlier this year when black guys on bikes were swooping down on white women in the French Quarter and terrorizing them by snatching their purses, 8th District cops finally caught one.
But, whoa! Along comes Criminal District Court Judge Laurie A. White--who had no apparent jurisdiction in Hayes' case--yet for some reason known only to her, reduces Hayes' bail to a personal guarantee of $10,000 and a commercial bond of $5,000 on 4.29.10. Hayes walked out of OPP on 5.4.10 with a TSAP ankle bracelet on, supposedly to monitor his where he went when.
Police finally caught up with Hayes on 8.18.10 and booked him with attempted aggravated rape and simple robbery. Chief Magistrate Gerard Hansen said to hell with that, and increased the charges to aggravated rape and first-degree robbery.
It all goes to show: There's no such thing as a "simple" crime, and if you've got them locked up, make sure you know what you're doing before you let them out.
What's going on here?: And where is "here"? A sharp-eyed NOcrimeline reader wondered why the 8th District's crime map indicated a rape a week ago Sunday (10.10.10) at 1 p.m. at 632 Frenchmen St. but the crime list published by the 8th District showed a rape at that date and time at 623 Canal St. A good question with few solid answers.
A few robberies: Never seems to fail--always a few robberies, just enough, to spoil the week:
- Monday (10.18.10) 10:15 p.m.: A 60-year-old white man walking near Dauphine and St. Louis streets was assaulted by 2 black thugs. One struck him and knocked him to the ground, while the other dipped into the victim's pants pocket and stole his wallet.
- Saturday (10.16.10) 11:30 p.m.: A 40-year-old white man walking in the 800 block of St. Louis Street (between Bourbon and Dauphine streets) was accosted by a black guy who demanded money. When the victim refused, the robber reached into the victim's pants pocket and stole his wallet.
- Wednesday (10.13.10) 4:15 a.m.: A 35-year-old white woman walking in the 900 block of Burgundy Street (between St. Philip and Dumaine streets) was robbed by a black guy armed with a pistol.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Auto Theft, 365 Canal, 12:52 p.m.
Rape, 623 Canal, 1:00 p.m.
Auto Theft, 309 Decatur, 2:17 p.m.
Auto Theft, Decatur & Madison, 4:11 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Royal & St Ann, 4:18 p.m.
Shoplifting, 901 Chartres, 5:31 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 900 Burgundy, 4:18 a.m.
Shoplifting, 623 Canal, 8:12 p.m.
Auto Theft, 500 Elysian Fields, 10:40 p.m.
Shoplifting, 907 Bourbon, 3:30 p.m.
Shoplifting, 800 Canal, 7:42 p.m.
Auto Theft, Barracks & N Peters, 7:46 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1000 Conti, 9:04 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 100 N Rampart, 9:02 a.m.
Auto Theft, Burgundy & Esplanade, 2:02 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 650 Poydras, 4:23 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 900 Convention Center, 6:52 p.m.
Theft, 725 Conti, 6:57 p.m. Theft, 301 Camp, 10:02 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 800 St Louis, 11:16 p.m.