Murder vs. Crime rate: While robbers were invading residents' homes right and left and thugs were holding up tourists in the French Quarter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was holding a "crime summit."
He repeats an age-old gaffe: mistaking the murder rate for the crime rate. Murder, of course, is a crime. But unless you're a young black male, your chances of getting killed in this city are probably no greater than in any other city.
Mitch, how about worrying about those of us who live here, that we can safely sit in our homes and not have a robber barge in, that we can walk down Bourbon Street without getting clobbered or robbed.
Here's what we call crime: While Mayor Mitch was assailing murder last week, here's what assailants were doing to us:
- Thursday (9.15.11) 7:55 p.m.: A 32-year-old white man walking on St. Ann Street near Bourbon Street was accosted by 3 black thugs who forced him to give up his cellphone.
- Friday (9.16.11) 2:30 a.m.: A 34-year-old black woman walking on S. Peters Street near Canal Street was set upon by 6 black chicks who emerged from a white compact car and began pummeling her with their shoes. They took the victim's purse and got back in the car and sped off.
- Friday (9.16.11) 10:45 p.m.: A 31-year-old white woman walking on Bourbon Street near St. Louis Street had her purse snatched by a black hoodlum who pulled it from her grasp.
- Sunday (9.18.11) 5:57 a.m.: Two Hispanic women, one 41 years old, who were walking to their car on St. Ann Street near N. Rampart Street were held up by a gun-wielding black punk who stuck the gun in one of the women's back and relieved one of her cellphone and the other of her purse.
The other victim, who lost her cellphone, described the robber as 30 years old, 5'11" tall, with a slim build, wearing a white dress shirt.
- Sunday (9.18.11) 11:28 p.m.: A 27-year-old white woman walking near Magazine and Poydras streets had her purse pulled from her grasp by a black dude who tried to get away down Poydras on foot.
Let sleeping dogs lie: One bum hanging out in Cabrini Dog Park apparently forgot that adage when he tried to rob another bum there last Wednesday (9.21.11) shortly after 9 a.m. and got carved up pretty badly.
Simpson was hauled to the hospital and detectives went over to the park to try to figure out what happened. A neighbor told the detective bums gathered in the park to charge their cellphones from an extension cord that dangled from the ceiling of the open-air shelter at the park's entrance on Dauphine.
Harden told cops he stopped at the park because he was too drunk to ride his bicycle anymore and wanted to charge his cellphone. While his cellphone was charging he fell asleep, only to awake to find Simpson digging through his pants pockets. When he asked Simpson what was going on, Simpson replied, "I ain't doing nothing."
Police deemed Harden, on probation for a domestic abuse conviction this past spring, the victim and not the aggressor, so didn't charge him.
You would think the police would patrol this neighborhood oasis better if it's a bunkhouse for armed felons. Or if you're going to the dog park, leave little Fifi at home and take your Doberman.
Bad man at large: An arrest warrant was issued 9.16.11 for the arrest of Melvin Miguel, 23, who is believed to have attempted one armed robbery in the French Quarter and is being investigated in connection with other recent Quarter robberies as well.
Flores secured an arrest warrant for Miguel for one count of attempted armed robbery as well as a search warrant for Miguel’s home in the 5000 block of Spain Street. When searching the house, detectives found bullets for a 9MM handgun as well as clothing similar to that described by the victim of the attempted armed robbery.
Shocking! A bad girl: Cops busted a 14-year-old girl accused of using an stun gun to steal a fellow high-school student's smartphone.
The robbery happened in the 400 block of Canal Street when Vanburen and a group of other teenagers confronted a high school student who was walking and talking on her smartphone on 8.19.11 around 7:15 p.m.
Crimes last week in the 8th District
Theft, 725 St Peter, 12:53 a.m.
Simple Robbery, Conti & Dauphine, 1:12 a.m.
Theft, 300 Decatur, 2:15 a.m.
Shoplifting, 632 Canal, 12:31 p.m.
Auto Theft, Decatur & St Louis, 2:52 p.m.
Shoplifting, 732 Canal, 3:41 p.m.
Shoplifting, 632 St Peter, 3:59 p.m.
Shoplifting, 400 N Peters, 5:18 p.m.
Auto Theft, 334 Royal, 5:20 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 900 Barracks, 4:54 a.m.
Armed Robbery, 840 N Rampart, 7:57 a.m.
Theft, 1500 Sugar Bowl, 10:22 a.m.
Shoplifting, 900 Canal, 10:45 a.m.
Aggravated Battery, 411 Bourbon, 12:11 p.m.
Theft, 1841 N Rampart, 5:48 p.m.
Theft, 421 Loyola, 6:36 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, Baronne & Gravier, 8:27 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 602 Frenchmen, 8:46 p.m.
Auto Theft, 900 Ursulines, 3:37 a.m.
Bicycle Theft, 1024 Elysian Fields, 12:19 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 421 Frenchmen, 1:26 p.m.
Theft, 920 N Rampart, 4:00 p.m.
Theft, 927 Julia, 12:11 p.m.
Shoplifting, 134 Royal, 3:33 p.m.
Theft, 1440 Canal, 4:22 p.m.
Auto Theft, 1000 Kerlerec, 7:09 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 800 St Ann, 7:59 p.m.
Auto Theft, 1000 Kerlerec, 9:40 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 400 Camp, 3:39 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 344 Camp, 6:38 a.m.
Theft, 300 Gravier, 8:55 a.m.
Bicycle Theft, 365 Canal, 10:03 a.m.
Shoplifting, 700 Royal, 4:46 p.m.
Armed Robbery, Canal & S Peters, 5:19 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 810 St Joseph, 8:13 p.m.
Pursesnatching, 500 Bourbon, 11:25 p.m.
Aggravated Battery, Dauphine & St Louis, 3:15 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 200 Baronne, 3:17 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 925 St Louis, 12:49 p.m.
Auto Theft, Conti & Dauphine, 12:48 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 925 Camp, 2:31 p.m.
Auto Theft, 920 Bourbon, 4:29 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 400 Julia, 5:06 p.m.