39 people arrested for gun-related crimes in the French Quarter during Halloween weekend

New Orleans Police officials said they have arrested 39 people on suspicion of illegally carrying guns in the French Quarter over the Halloween weekend.

During a Friday press conference, NOPD Eighth District Captain Hans Ganthier said the arrests were recorded between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. Of the 39 arrests, 33 were on Bourbon Street, Ganthier said, adding that a total of 37 guns were seized.

Ganthier referred to the guns that were neatly arranged in a table in front of him.

“The guns on that table not only represent someone who was arrested for illegally carrying a firearm, but that arrest possibly prevented a potential shooting, a potential homicide, as well as being a safety concern to our residents [and] to our visitors in the French Quarter,” Ganthier said.

Of the 39 individuals arrested over Halloween data show that all are male, including five juveniles, with the youngest being 15 years old. The oldest person arrested is 37 years old, according to the NOPD’s data.

In addition to illegally carrying a concealed gun, those arrested were accused of other offenses such as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile, possession of a firearm while in an alcohol beverage outlet, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and handling of unlawful machine guns.

The recent arrests add to the 333 gun-related arrests Eighth District have made over the course of the year and of that number, Ganthier said 254 came from Bourbon Street and most of those were in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks.

The discrepancy between the 39 arrests and the 37 guns seized is because two guns were seized in a hotel room in connection to the arrests of four juveniles, Ganthier said.

Ganthier added that the recent arrests were a result of a “change in supervision” which consisted of rotating more proactive officers into the Bourbon promenade unit, including sergeants and lieutenants who taught officers how to spot someone carrying a gun.

When asked how officers were identifying people carrying guns, Ganthier said through “good police work.”

The unit changes have also resulted in a drop in nonfatal shootings, from two in 2022, compared to 10 in 2021, Ganthier said.

“The efforts of these officers show they are committed, dedicated and prove they are willing to put themselves in harms way in order to keep our community safe and protect our city,” Ganthier said.

To watch the press conference, visit NOPD’s social media page.

NOPD: man shot in the legs on St. Charles Avenue, just outside the French Quarter

New Orleans Police on Saturday said a man sustained a shooting injuries to the legs near the intersection of Saint Charles Avenue and Canal Street in the Central Business District, near the French Quarter.

The shooting was reported on Friday evening, just before midnight, in the 100 block of Saint Charles Avenue, according to NOPD.

The man, who wasn’t identified, was transported via EMS to a local hospital. No further information was available.

Police officials said the suspect pulled up to the scene on a moped scooter and stopped next to the victim’s vehicle before producing a gun and shooting the victim several times through the driver’s side door. The shooter fled the scene down Saint Charles Avenue toward Common Street, according to the NOPD.

NOPD said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Eighth District at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Courtesy of the NOPD

NOPD arrests 43-year-old man in connection to 3 simple robberies in the French Quarter

A 43-year-old man was arrested last week in connection to a string of robberies that occurred in the French Quarter, according to New Orleans Police.

Police officials on Sept. 22 said they arrested Tyrone Clark following an investigation into three simple robberies that occurred earlier this month in the French Quarter.

The arrest came following an investigation and after detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Clark on Sept. 20, according to the NOPD.

On the same day, NOPD officials said they located Clark in the downtown area. When police tried to detain Clark, he fled on foot but was quickly apprehended and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center.

Police said they arrested Clark in connection to the following simple robberies:

Sept. 8 in the 800 block of Saint Louis Street .
Sept. 15 in the 100 block of North Peters Street.
Sept. 17 in the 100 block of Burgundy Street.

Anyone with additional information on the incidents is urged to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

Bourbon Street memorial held for Ace, NOPD’s dancing horse (PHOTOS)

All photos by Eric T. Styles
The New Orleans Police Department on Thursday held a memorial service for it’s dancing horse, Ace, who recently died after a bout with colic, officials said.

City officials and several people gathered in the 100 block of Bourbon Street Thursday evening for an NOPD service honoring their four-legged colleague.

Ace joined the NOPD in 2006 and partnered with Officer Joseph Jones in 2012, and the two began their dancing routine shortly after that, according to the NOPD.

He was known for interacting with brass bands along Bourbon Street and would occasionally briefly pop into a club when he heard his favorite music playing before continuing his patrol duties.

NOPD investigates stabbing that injured man on Decatur Street

A man sustained a stabbing injury following a Wednesday morning altercation with an unknown female on Decatur Street, according to New Orleans Police.

Officers were dispatched at about 1:02 a.m. to the 300 block of Decatur Street, where they located an adult male with a stab wound, according to the NOPD.

Through an investigation, NOPD officials said they determined the male victim was involved with an unknown Black female, who stabbed the male and fled the location.

The male victim, who was not identified, was transported to a local hospital via EMS. Information on his condition as of Wednesday afternoon was not provided.

No arrests were made and no suspects were identified, and the investigation remains active and ongoing, according to the NOPD.

Officials urge anyone with information on the incident to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111.