The hard time: Last year, bandits on bikes were the scourge of women walking in the 8th District as they roamed around snatching purses, sometimes at gunpoint. Diligent detective work reeled in a couple of them and the threat seemed to subside.
One of them, Lionel Hudson (right), met his fate 3 weeks ago in Judge Terry Q. Alarcon's court. He probably wishes he never learned to ride a bicycle. Hudson, 25, pled guilty to 2 counts of armed robbery with a firearm on 5.16.11 and Alarcon (left) promptly sentenced him to 15 years in prison at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.
He sat in OPP on $500,000 bond after his arrest 7.26.10 until his trial. Now he can look forward to long, hard time for the next 15 years. Despite what they say, he'll probably forget how to ride a bicycle in that time.
Think it doesn't matter?: Who was the judge who turned this 15-year-old miscreant loose after he pulled off a robbery in the French Quarter a couple of weeks ago, allowing him the opportunity to go and rob again? The black boy was supposed to be under house-arrest and wear an electronic tracking device on his ankle to monitor his every move.
What will happen to these thieves?: While one thief goes free, others continue to plague the French Quarter:
- Sunday (5.29.11) 1:30 a.m.: Two guys, one black, 24, and the other white, 25, were walking near Touro and Royal streets when they were set upon by 2 black thugs, one of whom pulled a gun and demanded the victims' money and cellphones. The victims complied and the thieves fled on foot down Touro toward St. Claude Avenue.
- Sunday (5.29.11) 6:55 a.m.: A guy was riding in a car in the 700 block of Bourbon Street near Orleans Avenue when he was surrounded by a gang of black dudes. One of them reached through the car's open window and snatched the victim's cellphone from his hand.
- Friday (6.3.11) 11:20 a.m.: A 55-year-old white gentleman and his wife walking in broad daylight in the 600 block of St. Peter Street near Chartres Street had his iPhone grabbed from his hand by a black thug. The thief fled on foot through Jackson Square to Decatur Street, then turned toward Canal Street.
- IHOP, Saturday (5.28.11) 7:50 a.m.: An older black man held the door to the restaurant open as an elderly white couple were exiting. Nice gesture--but then he began following them down Canal Street. He started patting down the elderly gent to find his wallet. The victim tried to stop him, struggling with him and ending up falling on the sidewalk. While he was down, the black fella lifted his wallet.
- McDonald's, Saturday (5.28.11) 6:45 p.m.: A 17-year-old black boy was in the eatery when a gang of black males fell upon him. One knocked his hat off and grabbed it. Another of the punks tried to take the guy's cellphone, but the victim thwarted that. The rest of the gang ran out of the restaurant.