Just goes to show how wild and woolly those 4 days are. (Someone said it's the only event all year that bartenders at Tropical Isle's bars pack sidearms. Don't know about that.)
Trouble is, it's hard to tell what he's measuring. He says there were 18 major crimes this year, down 46% from last year when there were 33 on Bayou Classic weekend. (Quite frankly, my tally of the number of shootings last year is far higher than his.)
- Shawn A. Breaux, 18, surrendered to NOPD at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (12.2.10). Being held on $500,000 bond. Pled guilty earlier this year to carrying a concealed weapon; given a 6-month suspended sentence by Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson.
- Michael S. Hales, 18, captured by the U.S. Marshals Taskforce today (12.3.10) along with Jarod Cooley and booked into Central Lock-up. Was free on $15,000 bond while being prosecuted for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; was supposed to be under a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.
- Jarod Cooley, 19, captured by the U.S. Marshals Taskforce today (12.3.10) along with Michael S. Hales and booked into Central Lock-up. Arrested last year for illegally carrying a weapon; charge dropped by District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
- Russell Lopez, 19, still at large. No known adult criminal record.
- Cursheika Hartford, 20, female, still at large. Arrested for illegal possession of stolen things in 2008 when she was 17; District Attorney refused to prosecute.
- Glenn Tate, 21, still at large. Pled guilty last year to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after being arrested for carjacking and armed robbery with a firearm in 2008; given a 10-year suspended sentence by Judge Terry Alarcon; was supposed to be on 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.
What happens in Baton Rouge...: Two thugs from Baton Rouge apparently brought their feud to Bourbon Street last Sunday (11.28.10) shortly after midnight.
A 23-year-old victim spotted a black boy who had shot him before in Baton Rouge. This time the boy pulled his gun and plugged the dude in the abdomen and wounded a 39-year-old male bystander in the leg in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.
Although a huge contingent of cops on horseback, bicycles, and foot within feet of the shooting and responded within seconds of hearing gunshots, they were unable to apprehend the perp.
Getting the guns off the street: It may have been a day late and a dollar short, as they say, but 8th District cops busted 2 thugs for packing heat on Bourbon Street on Saturday (11.27.10)--the day after the bartender was gunned down.
- Lareco Harrison, 21, was seen by officers pulling out a Taurus .40-caliber handgun in the middle of the crowd and holding it in the air while posing for a picture in the 400 block of Bourbon. When Harrison saw he had been made by the officers on foot, he tried fleeing into a bar.
- Phillip Craig, 18, was walking in the 100 block of Bourbon when officers observed what appeared to be the butt of a gun protruding from underneath his shirt. He was detained and the officers discovered a Cobra .38-caliber handgun in his waistband. A check of the gun's serial number revealed it had been stolen in Assumption Parish.
Typical Saturday night?: A NOcrimeline reader happened to be listening to 8th District channel on the police radio, and here's what he said he heard in only 3 hours:
- 2 men shot on Bourbon
- 4 fights on Bourbon (all on different blocks)
- 2 fights on Canal Street, one involved a "large group of men"
- a gun call on Canal Street
- a fight on Decatur Street
- a fight inside a hotel room on Dauphine Street
- a stampede on Bourbon after the shooting
- employees of Cafe Beignet on Bourbon locked themselves in a back room because they were fearful of the crowd inside their place (related to the shooting)
- an unresponsive woman on Bourbon
- a woman on Canal thought to have a broken leg
- an officer witnessed and gave chase to someone in a green jacket who "cold cocked" someone on Bourbon
- NOPD thought the shooter went inside Bourbon Cowboy and their special operations team went in looking.
Oh, yeah...robbers are back: After last week's short respite, the robbers have returned:
- Tuesday (11.23.10) 10:04 p.m.: Two white men, one 63 and the other 26, were walking to their car near Burgundy and Touro streets when they were accosted by 2 black thugs. One of the blacks pulled a chrome pistol, loaded it and fired it into the ground, and then demanded the victims' cash. The robbers fled in a dark-colored SUV.
- Tuesday (11.23.10) 10:02 p.m.: 4 young black punks who thought they saw a 34-year-old white guy as easy prey in the 1200 block of Chartres Street (between Barracks and Gov. Nicholls streets) were surprised when they demanded his money. They got his money--then they got a dose of pepper spray from the victim.
All were charged with simple robbery, but since newly-appointed magistrate Robert Blackburn set their bond at only $5,000 a piece, all are back out running the streets before their mugshots could be gathered.
- Saturday (11.27.10) 5:30 a.m.: A 32-year-old white man walking in the 600 block of Bourbon Street (between Toulouse and St. Peter streets) was knocked to the ground by a black guy who tried to empty his pockets.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
(Click on the crime map to enlarge it)
Auto Burglary, 100 N Rampart, 8:42 p.m.
Auto Burglary, Common & S Rampart, 10:03 p.m.
Aggravated Assault, Canal & University, 10:29 p.m.
Theft, 726 St Peter, 2:23 a.m.
Armed Robbery, Conti & Dauphine, 3:22 a.m.
Theft, 423 Canal, 9:58 a.m.
Residence Burglary, 700 block of Ursulines, 5:02 p.m.
Purse Snatching, 500 Dauphine, 9:58 p.m.
Shoplifting, 301 Canal St. , 6:47 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 1200 Chartres St., 10:02 p.m.
Armed Robbery, Burgundy & Touro, 10:04 p.m.
Auto Theft, 900 Touro, 8:09 a.m.
Theft, 1440 Canal St., 10:09 a.m.
Shoplifting, 333 Chartres , 1:16 p.m.
Auto Theft, Loyola & Poydras, 4:54 p.m.
Shoplifting, 400 N Peters , 8:42 p.m.
Murder, 900 Canal Street , 3:27 a.m.
Auto Burglary, Chartres & Kerlerec, 7:09 a.m.
Auto Theft, Frenchmen & Chartres, 10:24 a.m.
Shoplifting, 114 Baronne, 3:50 p.m.
Theft, 800 Baronne, 8:29 a.m.
Shoplifting, 148 Carondelet, 8:14 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 534 Frenchmen , 10:01 p.m.
Aggravated Battery , 500 Bourbon , 11:59 p.m.