Jul 122013
 

(map via NOPD)

Keith Williams (via opcso.org)

A trio of bat-wielding robbers attacked three different people walking through the Lower Garden District on Wednesday evening — seriously injuring one of the victims — and a teen has been arrested out of the group, according to New Orleans police.

Meanwhile, investigators are also looking for two other men caught on surveillance camera last weekend, authorities said.

Wednesday’s robberies took place in the 1600 block of Clio, the 1200 block of Camp and the 1600 block of Coliseum in quick succession between 11 p.m. and midnight, according to a NOPD report:

At approximately 11:15 P.M., the first victim was walking in the 1600 block of Clio Street when he observed three unknown African-American males. After walking past the first subject, the second subject attempted to punch the victim with his fist, but missed at which time the third subject struck the victim in his shoulder with an unknown object. As the victim was demanded to turn over his cell phone, the victim struck one of the subjects and fled home where he then called the police.

Moments later, the second victim was walking in the 1200 block of Camp Street when she was approached by three unknown African-American males. One of the subjects punched the victim in her chest and forcefully took her cell phone from her hand while another subject struck the victim with what appeared to be a baseball bat. All three subjects subsequently fled the area with the victim’s cell phone. The victim suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment at that time.

Shortly thereafter, the third victim was walking through the park in the 1600 block of Coliseum Street when he was approached by two unknown African-American males. A third subject then approached from the rear and struck the victim causing him to fall to the ground. As one of the subjects demanded the victim’s cell phone, another subject struck him in the forehead with a baseball bat. All three subjects then fled the scene before they were able to take any of the victim’s property. Witnesses in the area were able to give chase after the fleeing subjects by foot and in a car where one witness was able to give the NOPD dispatcher updates of his locations.

Keith Williams, 17, was caught in a parking lot in the 500 block of St. Joseph Street and identified as having taken part in all three robberies, and investigators also found the baseball bat that was used, the report states. He was arrested on charges of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery, and investigators are still looking for his accomplices, the report states.

The victim from Coliseum Street was hospitalized in serious condition, the report states.

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(image via NOPD)


Meanwhile, police are looking for two other men who hit a man with a pistol while robbing him of his wallet around 10:40 p.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of Magazine, according to a separate NOPD report.

“A witness observed the suspects jump into a silver 4-door vehicle, possibly a 2009 or later model unknown vehicle, which was driven by a third subject,” the report states. “The witness believed part of the vehicle’s license plate may have been ‘VE 492.'”

The men are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information in either case is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

  • Angie Peckham

    Seriously. Were the beatings necessary? This is just sick.

  • Moses

    Bat-wielding hoodlums – calls to mind, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange (see http://youtu.be/v90KPJ6n4Ew). It makes one think again that perhaps that movie’s cure of violence is a better solution than being caged in Sheriff Gusman’s house of horrors.

  • Cmb6091

    The city council should fund and create a task force between the DA and NOPD for the sole purpose of investigating and prosecuting armed robberies. Allocate enough money to the DA to bring in two more prosecutors and assign a handful of NOPD officers to this task force. Armed robberies are more often than not incidents where lawful citizens are being victimized, more so than any other crime that happens in New Orleans.

    • Tim9lives

      America’s justice system is broken. Violent criminals walk….non-violent marijuana users get convicted of felonies.
      This countries justice system’s priorities are out of whack.

  • Lenora Hess White

    Note to self…. If I’m getting home from work any later than 10:15 pm…. take a cab. Now it will cost my more than 1 hour’s worth of wages to get home from said job all in one piece. What form of madness is this?