‘Don’t follow me or I will shoot you’: NOPD searches for Burgundy Street armed robbery suspect

Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man suspected of committing an armed robbery with a gun in the 100 block of Burgundy St. on August 15.

According to the NOPD, the alleged incident occurred at about 7:04 a.m. when an the suspect approached a female victim from behind as she tried to enter a building, and yanked the purse from her hand.

When the victim tried to pick her purse off the ground, the suspected pointed a black firearm at her.

“Don’t follow me or I will shoot you,” the suspect allegedly told the victim, before leaving the scene down Burgundy towards Iberville Street.

NOPD described the suspect as a black male standing approximately five feet 11 inches tall with a slim build and salt and pepper hair. He was wearing a red baseball cap, black shirt, and blue jeans. NOPD released surveillance camera footage of the alleged suspect, which is shown above.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Paul Johnson or the Eighth District at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-7867.

NOPD: Armed robbery suspected demanded money, kiss from French Quarter cashier

Courtesy of the NOPD.

A person suspected of robbing a French Quarter business at knife point on August 15 in the 1000 block of Royal St. demanded a kiss from the cashier, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

The NOPD said the incident occurred at about 3:05 a.m. when the suspect approached the victim with a knife in hand and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect took cash and then demanded a kiss, according to the NOPD. The suspect then fled the scene with an unspecified amount of cash. It’s not clear if the victim complied with the suspect’s demand for a smooch.

Police released a surveillance camera photo of the alleged suspect, which is pictured above.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District or Detective Miles Guirreri at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Approximate location of the August 15 alleged armed robbery in the French Quarter, according to the NOPD.

Phillip Anselmo’s En Minor debuted first live show at One Eyed Jacks

Phillip Anselmo performing in Austin, Texas in 2011. | CC.

Phillip Anselmo, lead singer of legendary metal band Pantera and New Orleans native, performed with En Minor in the band’s first live performance at One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday.

According to Blabbermouth, the concert also served as the release party for the band’s debut seven-inch, which was released on August 2 by Anselmo’s label, Housecore Records.

The seven-inch contains two tracks: “On The Floor” and “There’s A Long Way To Go.” It’ll serve as the band’s precursor to its anticipated full-length album that’s set for release later this year, according to Blabbermouth.

The band’s lineup includes drummer Jimmy Bower, who is a mainstay among the New Orleans metal scene and has performed with other local bands including Eyehategod and Crowbar.

Other members include Kevin Bond on the the acoustic and electric guitar, and bass; Stephen Taylor on guitar; Calvin Dover on keyboards; Joiner Dover on bass; and Steve Bernal on the cello.

According to Blabbermouth, En Minor is a project that stemming from Anselmo’s childhood before heavy metal took over and explores a “softer, graver vocal style.”

En Minor will also perform at Psycho Las Vegas on August 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Police arrested man suspected of punching comedian Andy Dick

David Hale. Booking photo courtesy of Orleans Parish Justice Center.

Police arrested a New Orleans man who is suspected of punching comedian Andy Dick outside a French Quarter nightclub on Saturday, according to records.

David Hale, 46, was arrested on Tuesday evening and booked into the Orleans Justice Center hours later, records show.

Dick had finished performing a show at One Eyed Jacks at 615 Toulouse St. on Saturday when Hale allegedly walked up to Dick and blindsided him with a punch that knocked the comedian out cold. The incident happened at approximately 2:20 a.m. and was allegedly captured by a nearby surveillance camera.

The alleged attack knocked Dick unconscious for 15 minutes, sending him to the hospital.

According to The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, Hale told investigators that he punched Dick because he was angry at the comedian for allegedly grabbing Hale by the genitals.

“I had a reason,” Hale reportedly told police.

Records show that Hale was booked on suspicion of 2nd degree battery and simple battery. As of Wednesday evening, a bond amount hasn’t been posted and Hale remained in jail.

Police search for three men suspected in a purse-snatching incident on Royal Street

Courtesy of the NOPD.

Three men are sought by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for their alleged involvement in an attempted purse-snatching incident in the 700 block of Royal St. on August 11.

According to the NOPD, the alleged incident occurred at about 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Royal St. when the victim crossed paths with three unknown black males. One suspect asked the victim for a cigarette, according to the NOPD, then grabbed her purse.

The victim immediately grabbed her purse with both hands and tried to prevent it from being taken, according to the NOPD, at which point a struggle ensued. The victim fell to the ground and the man allegedly dragged the victim to the 600 block of St. Peter St., according to the NOPD.

The victim eventually let go of her purse and the suspect ran off, but dropped the purse along the way, according to the NOPD. A witness returned the purse to the victim, according to NOPD, and was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

NOPD Eighth District Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call them directly at 504-658-6080 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111, or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

WWL-TV publishes surveillance video of Andy Dick getting knocked out in front of One Eyed Jacks

WWL-TV on Tuesday published a brief video of comedian and actor Andy Dick getting knocked out with a punch by an unknown assailant outside One Eyed Jacks nightclub on early Saturday morning. The video was pulled from one a nearby surveillance camera.

Dick had recently finished performing a show at the venue in the 600 block of Toulouse Street that evening. The video shows Dick standing in front of the nightclub among a crowd of fans when an unknown person walked up to Dick and blindsided him with a punch to the head. The man then calmly picks up his beer from the curb and walks away. An Uber ride requested by Dick pulled up seconds later.

As Dick fell, he hit his head on a parked motorcycle. Dick told The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate that he was rendered unconscious for about 15 minutes.

Dick is known for his roles in movies such as “In the Army Now,” and the mid-1990s sitcom show “NewsRadio.”

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is still looking for the suspect. Anyone with information is requested to call the NOPD Eighth District at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111.

NOPD: Man reported missing last seen on Esplanade Avenue

Shane Gallivan. Picture courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is requesting help from the public locating a person who has been missing for nearly a week.

According to the NOPD, 59-year-old Shave Gallivan was last seen in front of a hotel in the 600 block of Esplanade Ave. at about 6:21 p.m. on August 7. Gallivan was reportedly arguing with his girlfriend in front of the hotel, the NOPD stated, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since then.

The NOPD described Gallivan as a white male standing six foot one inch tall with grey hair and weighing about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gallivan is requested to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

Comedian Andy Dick reportedly sucker punched outside One Eyed Jacks

Andy Dick | CC

Actor and comedian Andy Dick was sucker punched outside One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse Street Saturday morning, according to a report by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Dick and guitarist-singer Paris Dylan stepped outside to pose for photos with fans following the show. As Dick stepped into an Uber, he was blindsided with a punch, the newspaper reported. Dick hit his head on a parked motorcycle then struck his head on the pavement and lost consciousness for about 15 minutes, according to the newspaper. The incident reportedly happened at about 2:20 a.m. in the 600 block of Toulouse St.

The 53-year-old Dick was transported to the hospital where the was monitored for what the artist described to the newspaper as a “possible brain bleed.”

According to the newspaper, the attacker got away and hasn’t been identified. New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NOPD at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

NOPD: Man accused of illegally carrying handgun on Bourbon Street

Photo courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said it arrested a man for allegedly carrying an illegal concealed handgun on Bourbon Street on August 11.

According to the NOPD, city police officers and Louisiana state troopers were patrolling the 500 block of Bourbon Street at about 12:27 a.m. when they stopped 27-year-old Devante Ray, who was carrying a concealed Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun. The firearm was loaded with 15 bullets, according to the NOPD.

Ray was taken to NOPD’s Eighth District police station on Royal Street and transported to the Orleans Parish Justice Center where he was booked with one count of illegal carrying of a firearm.

Phase Two of Bourbon Street construction to resume August 12 at St. Ann Street

Bourbon Street construction in the 200 block in September 2017. Photo by June Collins via Facebook.

Construction of Bourbon Street is slated to resume on August 12 starting at St. Ann Street.

According to an announcement by New Orleans, daily intermittent road closures will occur at St. Ann at the 800 block of Dauphine and Bourbon streets starting at 8 a.m. until sunset to accommodate pre-construction activities for the Bourbon Phase 2 project.

It’s the latest round of the Bourbon Street renovation project, which began in the 100 block in April 2017. It’s the first major reconstruction of Bourbon Street in at least 90 years.

The block will be open to pedestrian traffic only, however the intersections of Dauphine and Bourbon at St. Ann will be open to vehicular traffic–meaning that you’ll still be able to cross Dauphine and Bourbon streets on St. Ann at night.

The 800 block itself, however, will be fenced off and cluttered with construction equipment. Bars such as The Bourbon Pub and Oz New Orleans will be affected.

Additionally, the intersection of Dumaine and Bourbon and approximately forty feet into the 900 block of Bourbon are also closed to vehicular traffic as crews work to fully reconstruct the road. The intersection and 900 block will reopen next weekend if weather allows, according to the city.

The work being done includes Entergy crews conducting utility upgrades on Monday. Hard Rock Construction, the company hired to do the job, will also begin exploratory trenching activity that’s expected to take about three days.

Work on the new sewer, water, and drainage system for this block is anticipated to begin in October, according to the city.

Construction will halt and equipment will be cleared, including fencing, from the site and trenches will get filled in once Southern Decadence festival begins on August 28, but work will resume on September 3.

According to a report by WWL-TV in August 2017, the project was originally contracted for a cost of under $3.9 million, but is expected to cost millions more. The city’s new estimated cost has reached $9.5 million.

The city is roughly 70 percent finished with the project. New “upsized” drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks, upgraded lighting and security, and a smoother pavement have been installed along various sections of Bourbon Street, according to the city.