NOcrimeline's birthday: It was 5 years ago today (3.5.12) that the first NOcrimeline report was sent out by email (the online version came a few months later). Since then 372 more reports have followed, all with the avowed purpose of keeping residents of the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods informed about crimes there so they can take precautions to avoid becoming a victim. I hope we've lived up to that goal.
Shooting aftermath: In the wake of the shooting of two NOPD officers and the slaying of the shooter last week (3.1.12), typical responses emerged from both sides:
- The family of the black fella who started the ruckus, Justin B. Sipp, 20, began crowing the usual denial: "He was a good boy, he wouldn't do anything like that!" Never mind that he pled guilty to a felony a couple of years ago and was in violation of his parole, having missed a court date a couple of weeks ago. And never mind that he had a stolen and loaded .38 pistol in his pants that police say he pulled out and emptied 14 shots at the officers. (You mean to say he carried this to work at Burger King every day? Imagine what might have happened if someone told him to "hold the pickles"?) The family just couldn't believe their precious child would so something so heinous--and they wanted every agency in the world to investigate.
- NOPD officers' first concern was for the welfare of their downed compatriots, as was natural and to be expected too; investigation of the incident could wait. But as the media scrambled to assemble the story--with little input from the NOPD--cops grumbled that "the media got it wrong" or "the media is sensationalizing the story." Some officers seem to have forgotten how everyone missed the boat on the Danziger Bridge story after The Storm. It wasn't until well over 12 hours after the shootings that the NOPD put out any facts about the case; that release was followed a little over 24 hours later by a more detailed report. Both news releases were very deliberate and thorough; the NOPD should be commended for them.
Slippery Narkee Hunter: It looks like New Orleans is going to have to rely on street justice to deal with the Narkee Hunter problem. The NOPD had him nailed as the shooter in the death of a not-yet-2-year-old girl in the B.W. Cooper projects just before Christmas. Now District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he doesn't have enough evidence to prosecute Hunter, 23. No eyewitness, no physical evidence (like a gun), and no confession, says the DA. (The police work on this is so sloppy the cops can't even agree on his birthdate: one court docket has it as "12.4.1988" and another has it as "12.5.1988.")
Another free pass: The DA gave another free pass to a guy the NOPD was damn sure was the shooter last Halloween night who killed one guy and wounded 7 others on Bourbon Street. Even though Police Chief Ronal Serpas called Marvin Carter, 19, a possible career criminal, the grand jury refused to indict him on the murder charge. Despite all of Serpas' posturing when Carter was arrested, the NOPD had only one witness and that just wasn't good enough for the jury. (And in another case of sloppy police work, they also had dual birthdays for him.)
Gun play: Last fall--just after all the gun play on Halloween--Chief Serpas made a big deal of taking 347 illegal guns off the streets of New Orleans in September and October and, in the process, arrested a good number of hardcore felons, whom he classified as career criminals. He lambasted the courts for what he called a "drive-through criminal justice system" that released many of these offenders "with virtually no price to pay for crimes they’ve committed.”
Serious crime after all: Serpas took some lumps a couple of weeks ago when he put out another one of those breathless news releases about the arrest of a felon--for the possession of a stolen cellphone. A NOcrimeline reader tipped us off that Travis Henderson, arrested in that case, was also booked a couple of weeks later for the much-publicized robbery (see the video) on Ursulines Street in in January in which a thug got out of his truck to show his young accomplice--who was botching a robbery--how to do it right.
In praise of Ofc. Jones: In a recent column, we noted the difficulties that had befallen Ofc. Roger Jones, one of the most beloved cops in the 8th District. A veteran cop-watcher from the French Quarter agrees:
"Groups of homeless drunks camping in Cabrini Park? Call Roger. They're gone in 24hours. For two weeks, a car with three flat tires and a jacked-up fourth wheel is parked illegally in front of a stop sign. It survives two street-sweeping sweeps. It takes a week of hounding from Roger, but finally, the city tows the beast away. Want to have a informal meeting with neighbors to discuss all matter of crime? Roger organizes it and gets the district's top brass to attend. More than 25 neighbors re-connect with the cops.
"We miss Roger. A few months ago, I talked to him while he was assigned to desk duty, and you could tell how much he us.
"He was going to school to get his degree. He expected NOPD to be his life for the next 20 years. I don't know the details of his case, but we both know that cops have one of the highest rates of alcoholism in our society. If Serpas wanted to be a hero, he'd find a way to get Roger treated and given a second chance."
Run-of-the-mill crimes: Crimes in and around the French Quarter the week before and the week after Mardi Gras have been few:
- Monday (2.13.12): A 21-year-old white guy walking on Decatur Street near Toulouse Street in the French Quarter was robbed at gunpoint by a black thug around 1 a..m. A little over an hour later, around 2:20 a.m., a 34-year-old white guy was robbed on Frenchmen Street near Washington Square Park in the Marigny Triangle of his money and iPhone by a black gunman.
- Saturday (2.18.12) 1:30 a.m.: A 24-year-old white guy was walking near Dauphine and Dumaine streets when a black punk came up and tried to take his iPhone. When he resisted, the thug pulled a handgun and got the phone as well as the victim's wallet. It must not have been a very important episode in the victim's life since he didn't report it to the NOPD for 22 hours.
- Saturday (2.18.12) 7:30 a.m.: Depending on which police report you believe, the victim was either asleep his room at the Chateau Lemoyne hotel, 301 Dauphine St., or he was followed back there by 3 "females" whom he befriended at Canal and Dauphine streets. There, the victim, a 21-year-old white boy and his friend, a 23-year-old fella, were attacked by the trio of transvestites and robbed of what they had.
- Sunday (2.19.12) 12:30 a.m.: A 21-year-old white dude who was upset he lost his iPhone somewhere inside the Dragon's Den bar at Esplanade Avenue and Frenchmen Street was asking all around if anyone had seen it. A black dude said he knew where it was and led him to Esplanade and Chartres Street where 2 other black dudes met them. The trio of blacks began beating him and during the struggle got his wallet too. Despite the ordeal, the victim was unable to describe any of the aggressors.
- Monday (2.20.12) 3:00 a.m.: A 24-year-old Hispanic guy walking near Canal and Bourbon streets was pushed from behind by a black chick who reached into his pocket and took his iPhone.
- Monday (2.20.12) 3:30 p.m.: Two teenage black girls, 15 and 18, counting the money made from some undisclosed Lundi Gras endeavor at 200 N. Peters Street were robbed of it by a black dude who snatched it from their hands and fled on foot.
- Monday (2.20.12) 10:00 p.m.: A 42-year-old white lady walking near Baronne and Perdido streets in the CBD had her iPhone grabbed out of her hand by a Hispanic guy who fled in a blue Nissan Sentra.
- Friday (2.24.12) 9:10 p.m.: A cabbie was sitting in his taxi near Harrah's Casino when a young black dude got in and asked to be taken to the West Bank. He reached into his pocket as to retrieve the fare, but pulled a semi-automatic pistol instead, holding it to the cabbie's head and demanding all his money. The driver handed it over and the robber fled on foot.
- Sunday (2.26.12) 10:00 p.m.: A 33-year-old Hispanic man inside the parking garage of the abandoned notorious Canal Street Hotel, 1630 Canal St., was asked to leave by a white guy there. When he refused, the white guy pulled a handgun and pointed it at the victim. He put the weapon near the victim's ear and fired, causing a ruptured eardrum though no gunshot wound.
- Tuesday (2.28.12) 11:50 p.m.: A 33-year-old white woman was walking on Bourbon Street near St. Louis Street when 2 black thugs swooped down on her and snatched her iPhone from her hand.
- Saturday (3.3.12): Two pursesnatchings a little over a half hour and 5 blocks apart on Dauphine Street may be related:
- In the first, at 12:30 a.m., a 31-year-old white woman had her purse snatched by a black guy who fled on foot down St. Philip Street toward the river.
- In the second, at 1:10 a.m., a 36-year-old white woman had her purse snatched by 3 black guys who fled on foot down Toulouse Street before turning on Burgundy Street toward Canal Street.
- Sunday (3.4.12) 2:00 a.m.: A 42-year-old man in the 500 block of Fulton Street near Harrah's Casino was robbed of his watch and wallet by 2 white guys who were described as 6' tall, weighing 180 to 190 pounds.
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Recent crimes in the 8th District
Theft, 315 Julia, 11:16 a.m.
Auto Theft, 618 Magazine, 12:34 p.m.
Auto Theft, 600 Burgundy, 4:10 p.m.
Shoplifting, 414 N Peters, 6:14 p.m.
Theft, 717 Orleans, 10:33 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 500 Decatur, 12:59 a.m.
Armed Robbery, St Louis & Frenchmen, 2:23 a.m.
Theft, 739 Canal, 10:04 a.m.
Pickpocketing, Decatur & Wilkinson, 4:39 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 700 Dauphine, 8:38 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 500 Natchez, 10:45 a.m.
Theft, 732 Canal, 5:41 p.m.
Theft, 300 Decatur, 3:30 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 810 Union, 7:38 a.m.
Theft, 8 Canal, 7:49 a.m.
Theft, 333 Poydras, 1:32 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 8 Canal, 4:33 p.m.
Auto Theft, 1012 St Peter, 4:33 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 930 Gravier, 10:54 p.m.
Theft, 717 Conti, 6:51 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 800 Perdido, 7:46 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 624 Gravier, 8:38 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 528 Baronne, 9:16 a.m.
Auto Theft, 421 Poydras, 1:26 p.m.
Theft, 628 St Charles, 4:49 p.m.
Bicycle Theft, 400 Royal, 12:58 p.m.
Shoplifting, 414 N Peters, 12:57 p.m.
Shoplifting, 414 N Peters, 2:07 p.m.
Theft, 333 Poydras, 2:25 p.m.
Shoplifting, 701 Baronne, 3:41 p.m.
Business Burglary, 547 Baronne, 8:12 a.m.
Pickpocketing, 200 Bourbon, 8:25 a.m.
Aggravated Burglary, 301 Dauphine, 8:39 a.m.
Theft, 315 Julia, 9:41 a.m.
Pickpocketing, 739 Canal, 10:27 a.m.
Auto Burglary, Decatur & Elysian Fields, 10:46 a.m.
Armed Robbery, Dauphine & Dumaine, 11:26 p.m.
Simple Rape, 221 Carondelet, 3:38 a.m.
Auto Theft, 1200 Royal, 6:30 a.m.
Theft, 344 Camp, 6:32 a.m.
Theft, Burgundy & Ursulines, 9:25 a.m.
Theft, 2 Poydras, 9:46 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 1010 Common, 6:45 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1010 Common, 6:51 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 900 Canal, 9:54 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 900 Canal, 9:55 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1010 Common, 10:26 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Bienville & Dauphine, 11:14 p.m.
Simple Robbery, 900 Convention Center, 3:06 a.m.
Theft, 145 University, 4:13 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 145 University, 6:57 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 1130 N Rampart, 8:19 a.m.
Theft, 132 Royal, 12:03 p.m.
Auto Theft, 350 St Joseph, 12:12 p.m.
Theft, 228 Poydras, 12:54 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Iberville & N Peters, 3:11 p.m.
Simple Robbery, Baronne & Perdido, 10:21 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 100 S Villere, 10:44 p.m.
Theft, 315 Julia, 11:49 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 330 Loyola, 12:20 a.m.
Theft, 214 Royal, 2:39 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 333 Baronne, 4:53 a.m.
Theft, 300 Julia, 11:29 a.m.
Auto Theft, Commerce & Julia, 11:32 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 100 Iberville, 12:42 p.m.
Theft, 400 Bourbon, 1:29 p.m.
Auto Theft, N Front & Iberville, 2:44 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Baronne & Canal, 4:32 p.m.
Auto Theft, Clinton & Iberville, 5:59 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Bourbon & Conti, 7:55 p.m.
Shooting, Canal & N Rampart, 8:31 p.m.
Auto Theft, 600 Esplanade, 8:53 p.m.
Theft, 800 Bourbon, 10:47 p.m.
Auto Theft, Common & S Rampart, 11:24 p.m.
Theft, Bienville& Bourbon, 11:42 p.m.
Pickpocketing, Conti & Dauphine, 11:56 p.m.
Theft, S Claiborne & Gravier, 6:03 a.m.
Theft, 621 Canal, 8:02 a.m.
Theft, 927 Convention Center, 8:20 a.m.
Auto Theft, N Rampart & St Louis, 10:33 a.m.
Theft, 718 St Peter, 10:54 a.m.
Theft, 701 S Rampart, 11:26 a.m.
Auto Theft, 2300 Burgundy, 1:59 p.m.
Auto Theft, Elysian Fields & N Peters, 2:55 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1700 N Rampart, 6:24 p.m.
Theft, 215 Baronne, 7:46 p.m.
Pickpocketing, 200 Bourbon, 10:13 p.m.
Auto Theft, 700 Constance, 10:21 a.m.
Theft, 221 Camp, 6:27 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 1003 Tchoupitoulas, 9:00 a.m.
Auto Theft, 2447 Dauphine, 9:27 a.m.
Auto Theft, 921 Canal, 10:13 a.m.
Shoplifting, 921 Canal, 10:38 a.m.
Business Burglary, 547 St Ann, 12:29 p.m.
Auto Theft, 500 Mandeville, 5:37 p.m.
Theft, 840 Tchoupitoulas, 6:30 p.m.
Armed Robbery, 700 S Peters, 9:16 p.m.
Auto Burglary, 400 Burgundy, 6:21 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 905 Orleans, 6:25 a.m.
Theft, 1417 Burgundy, 9:51 a.m.
Auto Burglary, 1000 Dumaine, 12:43 p.m.
Theft, 700 Lafayette, 5:24 p.m.
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