A man who was illegally carrying a loaded handgun and a blunt was arrested in the 400 block of Bourbon St. on September 9, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).
Demarkius Williams, 27, was apparently celebrating his birthday with a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun and marijuana in the French Quarter when he was arrested by NOPD Eighth District Task Force officers in the 400 block of Bourbon St. at approximately 10:51 p.m.
In addition to the handgun and the weed, the NOPD said it found a magazine filled with 14 rounds of live ammunition.
Williams was transported to the Eighth District station then booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center where he is accused of allegedly carrying a concealed firearm and illegal possession of marijuana.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a suspect in an alleged simple robbery that occurred in the block of 10 Canal St. near Harrah’s casino on September 7.
According to NOPD Eighth District detectives, the victim was approached by an unknown black male suspect (pictured above) at approximately 5:30 a.m. and the two relocated to an unknown street in the French Quarter, where the victim was assaulted by the suspect and several more unknown males.
The victim was knocked tot he ground and the suspects fled the scene with the victim’s belongings, according to the NOPD.
Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District at 504-658-6090. They can also call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-7867
Kirby is charged with second the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Shay de St. Germain, attempted second-degree murder of her new boyfriend, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and one count of illegally carrying a concealed weapon. An Orleans Parish grand jury handed down the five-count indictment on August 29.
Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich presented the case to the grand jury.
If convicted, Kirby faces a mandatory term of life in prison. The attempted murder charge is punishable by 10 to 50 years, while each kidnapping charge carries a penalty of five to 40 years in prison.
The weapons charge is the only misdemeanor and comes with a six month jail sentence if convicted.
After the indictment was read, criminal District Judge Benedict Willard increased Kirby’s $600,000 bond to $1.26 million.
According to the district attorney’s (DA) office, surveillance video recordings backed up witness accounts that Kirby confronted the victim and her new boyfriend with a gun in the back of the Glover Grill located at 900 Bourbon St. shortly after midnight.
Kirby pointed the the gun at the other man, according to the DA, but de St. Germain stepped between them and a struggle ensued. The girl was shot once in the face at approximately 12:19 a.m. and pronounced dead shortly after being transported to University Medical Center’s emergency trauma center, according to the DA.
Louisiana State Troopers later found find Kirby with bloody hands and pointing the gun at his own head, threatening suicide, according to the DA. Kirby complied when ordered to drop the weapon and was arrested at the scene.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) arrested two men in connection to an August 28 auto burglary on Esplanade Street.
According to the NOPD, officers were called to the 1000 block of Esplanade Ave. at 10:41 p.m. when they observed two men, identified as 55-year-old Eric Youngblood and 40-year-old Damien Brown, leaning inside a car and taking items from the inside.
Both Youngblood and Brown were arrested at the scene without incident, according to the NOPD, and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on charges of simple burglary of an automobile.
Anyone with information on this incident or the individuals arrested in this incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan St. Martin at 504-658-6080 and or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 877-903-7867.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is seeking a suspect involved in an alleged August 20 theft on Bourbon Street.
According to the NOPD, an unknown black male was seen entering a location in the 300 block of Bourbon St. at about 11:56 a.m., walking behind a desk, and took a victim’s black bag containing personal items.
The suspect fled the location in an unknown direction, according to the NOPD.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for male suspect who is wanted for an alleged August 16 purse theft on Bourbon Street.
According to the the NOPD, the incident occurred on Friday evening in the 200 block of Bourbon St. when an unknown black male was seen allegedly stealing a female victim’s purse. The purse contained property valued more than $1,000, according to the NOPD.
The NOPD requests anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Iain Watt or any Eighth District Property Crimes detective at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers may contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) First and Eighth districts MAX meetings normally scheduled for September 3 have been rescheduled.
The next First District MAX meeting is rescheduled for September 10 at 1 p.m. at the First District station located at 501 N. Rampart St.
The next MAX meeting for the Eighth District was rescheduled for September 10 at 2 p.m. at 334 Royal St.
MAX meetings provide the public a summary of police activity for the week, including trends in crime, crime reduction strategies, and include a discussion of district responsibilities.
Meetings are held once each week at the First and Eighth District stations and are open to the public. For more information, call the First and Eighth districts at 504-658-6010 and 504-658-6080, respectively.
Southern Decadence—New Orleans’s original end of summer Pride celebration occurring on Labor Day this year—was led by none other than actor Jeff Goldblum as the event’s grand marshal on September 1.
Donning a leopard-skinned shirt and zebra pants, Goldblum strolled through the French Quarter greeting fans, along with co-grand marshal, Countess C. Alice (Daryl Dunaway Jr.).
Goldblum is known for his roles in movies such as “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” and “The Fly.” He got his start in 1974 alongside Charles Bronson in the movie “Death Wish.”
New Orleans already has a Pride event that’s celebrated in June of each yea and coincides with similar celebrations across the United States. But Southern Decadence is considered the Big Easy’s largest LGBTQ event. Inspired in part by Tennessee Williams, the jubilee started in 1972 between a group of friends living in Treme who encouraged participants to come dressed as their favorite “Southern decadent.”
Southern Decadence thus became an annual event that attracts tens of thousands of revelers (gay and straight) to the heart of the French Quarter who dress in lavish costumes. The event is often considered the midsummer Mardi Gras and compliments the general drunken tomfoolery that occurs in the Vieux Carré on a daily basis.
According to the NOPD, a man reported that his debit card and government issued credit card were missing on June 8. On the same day, according to the NOPD, the missing credit card was fraudulently used at a Walmart store in Metairie located more than 10 miles away.
The NOPD released a surveillance photo of the suspect (pictured above) who allegedly used the missing credit card on August 22.
The NOPD requests that anyone with information on the suspect to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111, or toll-free at 877-903-7867.
Two separate alleged stabbing incidents occurred in or near the French Quarter from August 15 to 19, one in which the suspect got taken down by out-of-town police officers, according to various local news reports.
The first incident occurred on August 15 at about 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Canal and Bourbon Streets, according to WGNO, when 54-year-old Dwayne Walker stabbed a 57-year-old man in the chest with a kitchen knife.
The incident happened while thousands of cops were in town for the National Fraternal Order of Police convention from August 11-15, and two Kansas City cops who witnessed the altercation in front of their hotel Thursday morning immediately took Walker down.
According to WGNO, Kansas City police officer Justin Pinkerton stopped the bleeding while his colleague Todd Templeton spoke to the victim.
Walker was arrested by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), who booked Walker into the Orleans Parish Justice Center a short time later on suspicion of one count of aggravated battery. He’s currently being held on a $5,000 bond, according to records.
Then on August 18, according to The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, a 30-year-old man was allegedly stabbed in the chest during an armed robbery near the corner of Decatur and St. Louis streets. The incident was reported to the police at 9:09 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to the newspaper
An unknown man approached the 30-year-old and demanded his property, according to the newspaper. The reported victim refused and “tried to fight off” the alleged attacker, who stabbed the 30-year-old man in the chest and in the finger.
The NOPD told the newspaper that the man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated.
The NOPD didn’t release a description of the suspect, according to the newspaper.