Alleged Arsonist Strikes Rouses

On July 6th about 10:30 a.m. at the Rouses grocery store located at the intersection of Royal and St. Peters street in the French Quarter, a suspected intentional fire was set in the paper towel section of the grocery store, according to the New Orleans Police Department. A quick thinking customer who spotted the fire shortly after it was set doused the flames with a jug of water. There were no reported injuries and damage was minimal.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office are seeking a person of interest in connection with the suspicious blaze. The man being sought is described as wearing a black backpack over a white t-shirt with “New Orleans” written on the front, with blue jeans and a dark hat. Last seen walking down Royal Street heading towards Esplanade.

Anybody who is willing to snitch on the man’s identity and location could be eligible for a cash reward. If you have any information about the person of interest you can make a few bucks by dropping a dime on him to the State Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-844-954-1221. 

UPDATED 2 people lacerated with straight razor after altercation with prostitute at Willie’s Chicken Shack

(Graphic by Eric T. Styles; photo courtesy of NOPD)
A Black female believed to be a prostitute and accused of cutting two victims during a Sunday night altercation at Willie’s Chicken Shack on Canal Street is wanted by New Orleans Police in connection to the incident.

The incident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Canal Street, when the unidentified Black female suspect lacerated two victims with a straight razor during the altercation, according to Eighth District police.

The female, pictured above, is described as approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall, wears a silver or bleach blonde wig and is in her early 30s.

[Update: May 10, 2021, 1:30 a.m.]: New Orleans Police detectives on May 7 released footage of the individual suspected in the attack.

Courtesy of NOPD.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of the unknown female suspect is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymously callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.   

French Quarter’s 10 best places to have sex in public

Public sex in the French Quarter is an activity that more or less tends to happen frequently, at all hours, anywhere, in sporadic patterns, at random, clandestinely for the most part, probably unprotected, likely under the influence of alcohol or drugs and between consenting adults—and possibly illegal.

Updated: Aug. 1, 2020, 3:26 p.m. CST: New Orleans Municipal Code 54-260 states “it shall be unlawful for any person to engage in, participate in, manage, produce, sponsor, present or exhibit obscene live conduct” including masturbation; “excretory functions;” “lewd” exhibition, actual simulated, or animated, of the genitals; and sadomasochistic abuse, among others.

If you’re gonna do it, use your best judgment and consider these top 10 spots:

Jax Brewery on the Mississippi River side. Photo: bootbearwdc | Flickr CC.

1. The Mississippi River side of Jax Brewery at night
Some of the concrete planters could provide good cover. Beware of the random straggler.

Photography prohibition is strictly enforced inside The Dungeon. Photo: Pamela Carls | Flickr CC.

2. The cages at The Dungeon
The cages are on the second floor of The Dungeon. You might get away with having sex in the cages, you might not. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the bar without permission.

The Royal Sonesta Hotel. Photo: nathanmac87 | Flickr CC.

3. The Bourbon Street balconies of the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Perhaps this is synonymous with any hotel balcony on Bourbon Street.

Aftermath of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse on Oct. 21, 2019. Photo: Infrogmation | Flickr CC.

4. The Hard Rock Hotel ruins
Not recommended, but included for obvious reasons.

The intersection of Ursuline and Decatur streets. Photo: Ken Lund | CC Flickr.

5. Anywhere on Decatur Street at night
Such a wide variety of places: Jackson Square, Washington Artillery Park, the nearby French Market, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, etc.

The Andrew Jackson statue in the French Quarter. Photo: Tim Wilson | Flickr CC.

6. On the Andrew Jackson statue
Why-in-hell-not?

Photo: Infrogrmation | Wikimedia Commons.

7. Governor Nicholls Street Wharf at night
It’s a fairly secluded spot where nobody will mess with you. If the tide is low, you might actually get to have sex on the beach.

Woldenberg Park. Photo: Infrogmation | Flickr CC.

8. Woldenberg Park
It’s probably best to do it here at night, but you never know. Nevertheless, there’s a nice riverfront view.

The Battle of Liberty Place monument was removed on April 24, 2017. Photo: Infrogmation | CC Flickr.

9. In the spot where the monument commemorating the Battle of Liberty Place once existed on Badine Street
Erected in 1891, the monument commemorated the Battle of Liberty Place, an attempted insurrection of the white supremacist Crescent City White League against Louisiana Reconstructionist government forces on Sept. 14, 1874. More than 30 people were killed, including seven police officers.

The monument was removed from its Badine Street location on April 24, 2017 amid controversy.

St. Anthony’s Garden at St. Louis Cathedral. Photo: Kimberly Vardeman | Flickr CC.

10. St. Anthony’s Garden
More power to you if you can make it over the fence, just don’t get caught.

Honorable mention: Aunt Tiki’s, The Abbey Bar, Bienville monument.

Comments? Feedback? Disagree with the list? Want to include an entry? Have an idea for a list? Send an email to dave@thequarterrat.com.