Just about when I think it's time for NOcrimeline to report "over and out" because it seems like crime's been busted in the French Quarter and the populace has become complacent, here comes reports of a murderer and rapist running loose, and a public official running over a citizen.
Murderer on the run: I don't know about you, but if there's a murderer out there running loose in the French Quarter, I'd like to know about it.
Based on a tip, an 8th District officer patrolling near Toulouse and N. Rampart a couple of days later saw a black man who resembled the earlier description. When he attempted to stop the suspect, the man pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer. As he ran from the officer, he stumbled and fell, dropping what turned out to be a pellet gun, before continuing to run down N. Rampart toward Armstrong Park where back-up officers apprehended him at St. Ann Street.
Homicide Det. Brandon Ludwig--a former 8th District patrolman--is credited with solving the case. But, hey detective, next time there's a murderer in our midst and you've got a clue as to what he looks like, how about having the NOPD alert us. We might be able to help you spot him--or at least protect ourselves from him.
Rapist snared by science: You might say Anthony J. Montecino Jr., 32, is a victim of modern science and technology.
While Montecino was languishing in OPP on $15,000 bond, the NOPD (under Criminal Investigations Division Cmdr. Paul Noel, another 8th District alumnus) finally got funding to test a backlog of rape kits. It wasn't long before Cmdr. Noel had his first hit: Montecino.
Some emergency: The Jefferson Parish emergency management director must has forgotten he was in New Orleans and not Metairie.
Perilloux, who owns a store on that block, refused to budge; Meyers refused to stop backing into the space. According to the police report, the car's right rear tire rolled over Perilloux's foot. Perilloux went to the hospital; Meyers went to jail for aggravated battery.
Meyers couldn't say he wasn't treated well like a visiting dignitary.
8th District Cmdr. Jeffrey Walls tried covering up the incident the best he could. Though he released written reports of 2 other aggravated battery cases that Sunday in the French Quarter, there was no report published on Meyers' mishap.
Root of Canal's woes: Another gang of teenagers who seem to be candidates for retroactive abortions staged another episode of terror on Canal Street on a recent Friday afternoon.
No sooner had the cops left the scene than 3 young black punks in a late-model gold-colored Mercedes-Benz SUV rounded the corner around 5 p.m. and blasted 5 gunshots into those who lingered.
They wounded a 17-year-old boy--who was not the intended target--in the leg; he was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Not long after, the Mercedes was found at Leonides and Eagle streets engulfed in flames.
Ordinary every-day crimes: Not all crimes in the French Quarter lately have been so dramatic--unless you were the victim:
- Sunday (8.21.11) 11:15 p.m.: A 48-year-old white man walking near near Burgundy Street and Esplanade Avenue was accosted by another white guy who demanded his money. Even after he complied, the robber struck him and fled on foot.
- Monday (8.22.11) 9 a.m.: A 42-year-old white woman walking on St. Louis Street near N. Rampart Street when her purse was snatched by 2 men.
- Friday (8.26.11) 12:09 a.m.: A 28-year-old black woman was walking near Dauphine and Frenchmen streets when her purse was snatched by a white guy who fled on Dauphine toward Elysian Fields Avenue.
- Friday (8.26.11) 11:30 p.m.: A 33-year-old white man walking on Burgundy near Esplanade was hit in the head and knocked unconscious by an assailant he didn't see. When he awoke his wallet was missing.
- Saturday (8.27.11) 2:40 a.m.: A 23-year-old black man standing near Dauphine and St. Louis streets got into an argument with another black dude who pulled a knife and threatened him.
- Saturday (8.27.11) 5:05 a.m.: Louis Robinson, 23--who apparently couldn't leave well-enough alone--was arrested less than 5 hours after he was let out of OPP after Judge Karen Herman gave him a 3-year suspended sentence when he pled guilty to battery.
- Wednesday (8.31.11) 12:15 a.m.: A black dude got into an argument with a 27-year-old stripper in Little Darlings, 411 Bourbon St., and grabbed her tip bag from her hand and ran off.
Bicycle Theft, 937 Esplanade, 2:51 p.m.
Auto Theft, Canal & St Charles, 7:14 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Burgundy & Esplanade, 11:17 p.m.
Shoplifting, 921 Canal, 11:57 a.m.
Shoplifting, 1122 Decatur, 12:01 p.m.
Theft, 201 St Charles, 2:39 p.m.
Shoplifting, 620 Decatur, 5:28 p.m.
Attempt Shoplifting, 201 St Charles, 5:37 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 407 Baronne, 7:04 p.m.
Shoplifting, 917 Decatur, 9:53 p.m.
Theft, 334 Royal, 2:12 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 310 Royal, 5:42 p.m.
Auto Theft, Baronne & Gravier, 6:40 p.m.
Residence Burglary, 812 Dauphine, 7:34 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 600 Gov Nicholls, 5:19 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 508 Burgundy, 7:06 a.m.
Pickpocketing, Bourbon & Canal, 8:17 a.m.
Theft, 300 Camp, 9:18 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 201 Baronne, 10:31 a.m.
Shoplifting, 400 Canal, 1:27 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 1615 Poydras, 2:12 p.m.
Shoplifting, 633 Canal, 2:31 p.m.
Theft, 600 Bourbon, 3:41 p.m.
Theft, 135 Chartres, 9:27 a.m.
Auto Theft, 400 John Churchill Chase, 1:23 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 700 Chartres, 3:49 a.m.
Aggravated Battery, 1001 S Peters, 7:41 a.m.
Theft, 817 Burgundy, 10:59 a.m.
Theft from Exterior, 8 Canal, 1:25 p.m.
Auto Burglary, N Rampart & St Louis, 1:58 p.m.
Aggravated Battery (shooting), 900 Canal, 5:06 p.m.
Aggravated Assault, Dauphine & St Louis, 2:44 a.m.
Auto Theft, 711 Bourbon, 4:47 a.m.
Pursesnatching, Bourbon & Dumaine, 5:36 a.m.
Shoplifting, 717 Canal, 9:34 a.m.
Theft, 300 Bourbon, 2:42 p.m.