Two bars burglarized in string of incidents on Saint Peter Street

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Two reported bar burglaries were among a series of incidents that occurred along Saint Peter Street in the French Quarter on Sunday morning

Two bars located in the 700 block of Saint Peter Street reported burglaries at 7:39 a.m. and 1:22 p.m. on Sunday, according to New Orleans Police logs.

Employees from the Succession Barroom and Boondock Saint, located at 733 and 731 Saint Peter streets, respectively, confirmed to The Quarter Rat their businesses were burglarized. The employees declined to identified.

NOPD officials have not said whether the incidents are connected, although the employees said a third business at the corner of Bourbon and Saint Peter streets showed signs of an attempted break-in.

Alleged damage from a burglary at a Saint Peter Street business reported on Sunday.

Items taken included several bottles of liquor, although a cash fund was apparently not taken, according to one employee.

Additional incidents that occurred within the same time frame on Sunday morning include two vehicle burglaries in the 600 block of Saint Peter Street, including one at 3:13 a.m. and 4:09 a.m.

In addition, a report of simple criminal damage was logged at a location in the 600 block of Saint Peter Street at 4:04 a.m., according to the NOPD.

It’s not clear if the incidents are connected. The burglaries are under investigation by the NOPD.

NOPD arrests man accused of Royal Street shooting that injured 1

(Photo: The 500 block of Royal Street. | Dave Minsky)
A 33-year-old man was arrested last month on suspicion of shooting and injuring a person on Royal Street May 22, according to New Orleans Police on Wednesday.

Frederick Boudreaux was arrested at about 2:37 a.m. May 29 after a New Orleans Police officer patrolling Bourbon Street detained him in a suspicious person stop, according to the NOPD.

During the stop, an officer searched Boudreaux and allegedly located gun and narcotics, including marijuana and MDMA.

Through an investigation, police were able to positively identify Boudreaux as the shooter in the incident, which occurred in the 500 block of Royal Street, according to NOPD.

Boudreaux was arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of charges that include aggravated second-degree battery, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.


Blood drive for Joe Cooper scheduled June 4 at Buffa’s on Esplanade Avenue

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A blood drive is scheduled at Buffa’s Saturday for the husband of a WWOZ radio broadcaster after he was shot multiple times during an attempted home invasion last month.

Joe Cooper, the husband of WWOZ’s Leslie Cooper, was shot four times during an attempted home invasion at about 3:30 p.m. in the 4400 block of St. Roch Avenue, according to Doyle Cooper, Joe’s son.

Cooper reportedly blocked a small group of men attempting to enter his home and was shot in the process. One bullet nicked his lung, another lacerated his liver and he was shot once in each leg, according to a friend.

The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buffa’s, located at 1001 Esplanade Avenue. Free red beans and rice will be provided to those who donate.

A GoFundMe set up by his son has so far generated more than $107,000 out of a $150,000 goal.

“Me and my family could use a little help so we don’t have to worry about bills in a time we are so focused on my dad’s wellbeing,” said Doyle Cooper. “If you can help at all we would be forever grateful. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He’s gonna need them!”

Officials investigate fire reported at Checkpoint Charlie

A Esplanade Avenue bar closed Monday evening after a fire was reported at the location, according to New Orleans officials.

The incident was reported at about 10:40 p.m. at Checkpoint Charlie, located at 501 Esplanade Ave., according to New Orleans Fire Department officials.

Checkpoint Charlie is located directly across the street from NOFD Station 9 at 449 Esplanade Ave. The bar closed shortly after the fire was reported.

An fire investigator was on site Tuesday morning collecting evidence, according to the NOFD.

UPDATED 4 robberies reported in the French Quarter area

Four robberies were reported to New Orleans Police between Sunday and Monday in the French Quarter area, including one involving a gun on Barracks Street and one in which the victim was stabbed with a knife in the Central Business District, according to records.

Three robberies were reported Sunday and one on Monday. The first incident occurred at about 7:25 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Iberville Street and was reported as a simple robbery after an unknown suspect approached the 33- and 22-year-old victims, according to the NOPD.

Officials said suspect took the victims’ jewelry and wallets, then fled the scene.

The second robbery occurred shortly after 5 p.m. in the 1000 block of Barracks Street, where a 55-year-old male suspect was approached by a Black male suspect armed with a gun after parking his 2004 Jeep Liberty and getting out of the vehicle, according to records.

The victim handed the suspect his car keys, wallet and cell phone after threatened and then the suspect fled the scene in the victim’s Jeep Liberty.

A third robbery was reported Sunday at about 4:49 a.m. in the 100 block of Saint Charles Avenue, where a 54-year-old male victim was approached from behind by an unknown suspect who was armed with a knife and demanded property, according to the NOPD.

Eighth District detectives said the suspect stabbed the victim and took his cash before fleeing the scene. The victim was transported via ground ambulance to a local hospital. Information on his condition was not provided.

On Monday, a phone and wallet were snatched from a male victim during a simple robbery reported on Bourbon Street, according to the NOPD.

The incident was reported at 3:12 p.m. in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, where the suspect, identified as an unknown Black male, approached the 35-year-old victim as he walked and forcefully took his phone and wallet, according to NOPD.

Officials said that after snatching the wallet and phone, the suspect fled from the scene.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact the Eighth District at 504-658-6080.