A new trend?: Have you noticed lately that the crime--what little there is of it in the 8th District--has more to do with assault and battery, instead of robbery? And much of it is taking place in businesses other than bars, and not on the street? And the perps are older guys?
- Saturday (4.9.11) 10:30 a.m.: Stop me if you heard this one before: A guy walks into a bar (Jimani Lounge, 141 Chartres St.) and asks for a beer. The bartender sets the beer on the bar and asks for his money. The patron refuses. He's asked to leave. Then it turns violent: The patron then threatens to kill the bartender and tries to pull his pistol out. Other patrons jump the guy and take his gun away. Then the guy pulls out a knife and points it at the bartender.
- Friday (4.8.11) 8:45 a.m.: Talk about a lack of customer satisfaction. 2 white guys, 30 and 32, go into the Red Lantern, 1133 Decatur St., a women's clothing store, and get into an argument with the owner. Must have been some argument, because an employee intervened with a combat knife. He allegedly stabbed one man in his left side and then stabbed the other in his back and hand. Both victims were taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital for treatment.
- Monday (4.4.11) 10 p.m.: A 53-year-old black bum went into McDonald's, 711 Canal St., and pilfered money from the cashier's tip canister. When a 52-year-old black gentleman confronted him about the theft and pursued him outside, where an argument broke out. The bum pulled a knife and allegedly stabbed his pursuer several times before fleeing on foot. The victim was taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital where he was in stable condition.
One robbery, though: A 14-year-old black boy--who had no business being in the French Quarter at that hour--snatched the purse from a 23-year-old white woman who was in the Gateway Lounge, 401 Bourbon St., around 11:30 p.m. Sunday (4.10.11). He fled on foot but police quickly apprehended him.
Here's the story we heard:
The carriage driver had no where to pull over, so after 2 blocks of this, the motorist opens his car window and his pitbull jumps out and attacks the mule named "Dixie". Before the dog's owner catches up with his dog, the pitbull tries to jump into the carriage and attack a 5-year-old girl. An off-duty police officer who saw the incident and jumped out of his car, drew his weapon and arrested the guy.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
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Auto Burglary, 1000 Iberville, 11:13 a.m.
Pickpocketing, 300 Bourbon, 12:33 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 640 Bourbon, 2:48 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 700 Decatur, 3:22 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 700 Decatur, 4:12 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 600 Frenchmen, 7:04 p.m.
Theft, 417 Royal, 12:08 p.m.
Theft, 521 Tchoupitoulas, 12:10 p.m.
Simple Burglary, 800 block of Julia, 2:26 p.m.
Theft, 339 Bourbon, 11:05 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 800 Gov Nicholls, 11:51 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 1014 Dumaine, 3:03 p.m.
Shooting, 900 block of Dumaine, 4:20 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 420 N Rampart, 8:00 p.m.
Theft, 1415 Tulane, 6:37 a.m.
Theft, 621 St Louis, 7:04 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 1100 Annunciation, 7:40 a.m.
Auto Theft, 500 Tchoupitoulas, 8:20 a.m.
Simple Robbery, 700 St Peter, 8:32 a.m.
Auto Theft, Howard & S Rampart, 8:58 a.m.
Auto Theft, 601 Poydras, 12:06 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 500 O'Keefe, 12:49 p.m.
Shoplifting, 405 Bourbon, 4:10 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, Lafayette & St Charles, 7:46 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Bourbon & St Louis, 10:32 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 418 Bourbon, 11:43 p.m.
Theft, 2 Poydras, 9:26 a.m.
Theft, 300 Canal, 10:20 a.m.
Theft, 107 Chartres, 11:31 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 1029 Bienville, 1:34 p.m.
Auto Theft, Poeyfarre & Tchoupitoulas, 4:57 p.m.
Theft, 522 Bourbon, 8:49 p.m.
Theft, 221 Carondelet, 8:16 a.m.
Theft, 406 magazine, 8:37 a.m.
Auto Theft, Annunciation & Poeyfarre, 10:11 a.m.
Auto Theft, Dumaine & Royal, 1:13 p.m.
Theft, 831 Chartres, 2:07 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 8 Canal, 4:51 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 145 University, 5:52 p.m.
Auto Theft, 600 block of St Peter, 10:53 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1201 Convention Center, 9:56 a.m.
Theft, 419 Bourbon, 3:39 p.m.
Auto Burglary, Decatur & St Peter, 3:39 p.m.
Auto Theft, 200 N Rampart, 10:38 p.m.