Fugitive teen tripped up: It might have seemed like a normal night on Bourbon Street to Byron Laird, 18, and a couple of his pals--until they got into a beef with another black dude and a gun came out.
It didn't take cops long to zero in on the teenage trio. Laird was booked with aggravated assault with a firearm, Dozier (who has an arrest for a previous weapons violation) with being a principle to aggravated assault, and Creshon with being an accessory to aggravated assault--and possession of a firearm in a joint that sells alcohol. All are being held in OPP on $15,000 bond apiece.
The NOPD never reported whether they arrested him for that crime. Now they've got him and can put his bad ass away for some time.
Phones, the root of all evil: Seems like crooks aren't as interested in your money any more as they are in your iPhone. Instead of getting a measly $20 or so, they can peddle the pricey playthings for a pretty penny. There'd be darn few robberies every week if thieves weren't targeting iPhones--and victims didn't make it so easy by chatting/texting away, oblivious to the dangers around them:
- Tuesday (2.22.11) 6:15 p.m.: A 41-year-old white woman walking near Bourbon and St. Philip streets in the heart of the French Quarter was nearly robbed by a Hispanic scumbag with a knife who demanded her iPhone. She screamed and he ran.
- Monday (2.21.11) 8:40 p.m.: A 27-year-old white female was walking near Lafayette and Tchoupitoulas streets in the CBD when a black thug came up and grabbed her iPhone out of her hand.
- Sunday (2.20.11) 1:00 a.m.: A 60-year-old white guy on Royal Street near Canal Street, apparently oblivious to what was going on, was rolled by 2 white fellas who pushed him to the ground and cleaned the cash and cellphone from his pocket.
Money, on the other hand...: Instead of going for an iPhone, this guy went for the money--and got arrested.
How'd he get out?: Not long after Buffa's bar, 1001 Esplanade Ave., was held up the day after Christmas last year, 8th District cops nabbed Travis Chapuis, 25, minutes later during a routine traffic stop just 4 blocks from the bar at St. Claude Avenue and Pauger Street. They arrested him and charged him with armed robbery, and hauled him off to OPP.
Free, more or less: Just because you're a kid and get caught with a gun on Bourbon Street on New Year's Eve--and then try to flee the cops--doesn't mean you should go to jail. Does it?
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Auto Theft, Camp & Poydras, 1:17 p.m.
Shoplifting, 134 Royal, 4:57 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 400 Girod, 7:02 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Iberville & Royal, 3:17 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 624 Gravier, 9:39 a.m.
Theft, Camp & Common, 11:17 a.m.
Auto Theft, Bourbon & Iberville, 12:10 p.m.
Theft, 228 St Charles, 3:27 p.m.
Theft, 219 Carondelet, 4:26 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1013 iberville, 6:20 a.m.
Auto Theft, 1135 Decatur, 10:06 a.m.
Aggravated Battery, Bienville & N Peters, 4:59 p.m.
Residence Burglary, 601 Iberville, 3:48 p.m.
Theft, 900 Royal, 11:35 a.m.
Theft, 900 Convention Center, 2:05 p.m.
Theft, 300 Canal, 5:03 p.m.
Theft, 416 Bourbon, 5:12 p.m.
Theft, 535 Tchoupitoulas, 6:52 p.m.