Nov 222013

Demetei Lewis (via

Demetei Lewis (via

A woman was badly beaten and robbed of her bag on Jeanette Street near South Carrollton early Tuesday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a man accused of fighting a bicyclist last weekend in a robbery attempt on South Claiborne Avenue turned himself in after surveillance video caught an image of him, authorities said.

Robberies on South Claiborne and South Carrollton. (via NOPD)

Robberies on South Claiborne and South Carrollton. (via NOPD)

In Tuesday’s robbery, the woman was walking home from a friend’s house around 2 a.m. when she was attacked from behind by two men in the 8100 block of Jeanette Street, according to a NOPD report. She heard them say, “Get her,” one hit her in the head with a blunt object, and they took her brown leather bag from her and fled, the report states.

The victim, Corinne Christenson, owner of New Orleans Paint ‘N Party, made it home where her son found her bleeding from the head on the bedroom floor later that morning, and she remains hospitalized for a fractured skull, according to a report by Thanh Truong of our partners at WWL-TV.

Surveillance image from Claiborne Avenue robbery attempt. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image from Claiborne Avenue robbery attempt. (via NOPD)

In the Claibrone Avenue case, a man was securing his bicycle in the 8700 block when he was grabbed by a man who acted as if he had a gun under his shirt, and they began to struggle, police said. A second man joined in, spraying the victim with an unknown substance and hitting him as the first attacker demanded the victim’s keys. Both eventually left without taking anything, the report states.

Investigators obtained an image of one of the men, later identified as 44-year-old Demetei Lewis, who realized he was wanted in the case from news reports and turned himself in, police said. He was charged with attempted armed robbery and booked into the Orleans Parish jail, the report states.

  • Moses

    It would seem that we ought to be more proactive taking advantage of Project Nola- that is the purchase of discounted surveillance cams on every street corner in the Carrollton area. Over the past year it seems the police are able to catch the perpetrator with surveillance cameras. I bought one and it works well under lowlight conditions and no monthly fees. Please like if you bought one or intend to and show support for reducing crime.

  • Fat Harry

    Well that is terrifying. Prayers for her and hopefully they catch these horrible people soon. As usual, the lack of police presence uptown leads to tragic results.

  • NOLA Transplant

    Since moving to New Orleans in 2002 I’ve noticed that 99.9% of the perpetrators of these crimes have something in common: they’re all black, they’re usually males, they’re apparently unemployed (or at least not dressed like anyone I see employed around town) and if you look into they’re eyes you can see the stone cold hearted hatred that evidently drives their behavior. Please know I fully realize how fortunate I am to have benefited from a good education and a great upbringing by my wonderful parents. I was always taught and have always believed that prejudice is a deplorable trait and always the result of ignorance. But to be truly honest, every year that I live in this city makes me struggle more and more with that long held tenent. Am I becoming an ignorant person? In a way I feel robbed of part of my soul by these criminals. Are they’re other readers of Uptown Mssngr that feel like I do? I like to think I’m a progressive when it comes to societal issues and surely the long term solution to this kind of crime and the poverty that it comes from has to be addressed by a serious effort to overhall our public school system. But that is going to be a long uphill struggle. What about doing something now? Would it be so wrong for the police to unofficially profile these crooks? After all, these crooks are the ones who have violated the social contract in the worst kind of way. If someone like me, with no experience in law enforcement, can spot these crooks everyday as I make my way around town then surely the cops know who they are. If any NOPD officers are reading this then why not on your own initiative assemble a list of 30 to 40 or more known fugitive felons of various heights, weights, hair styles and ages and then when you see one of the other probable bad guys while you’re on patrol you could find a fugitive in your list that reasonably fits or could be construed to fit your fugitives description and use that as probable cause to stop, question and ask for identification. I bet you would end up making a lot of arrest and really turn up the heat on these thugs. I know this is clearly profiling and obviously couldn’t be official NOPD policy but if it prevents one more innocent person from being robbed, assaulted or killed then wouldn’t it be worth it? Extreme problems require extreme solutions. I am obviously struggling with my feelings on this issue and am very uncomfortable with the way I’m feeling inside. I would appreciate any constructive advise or dialogue from other readers. Thanks, NOLA Transplant

    • david

      Great idea. Maybe one of the two police officers assigned to patrol the 2nd district can try your idea.

    • TimGNO

      Sounds like you’re describing NYC’s police strategy of “Stop and Frisk”, which isn’t working out terribly well for innocent people of color:

    • ILikeMokum

      I totally understand, NOLA Transplant. I moved here myself last year after 7 years in Amsterdam, one of the most tolerant cities in the world. All this violence being perpetrated by one demographic is eating away at the mindset of understanding I thought I had built over the last 7 years. It’s definitely an internal struggle. I want to do what I can to help too, but with each murder, each mugging, and each beating in which innocent people’s lives are shattered it makes it harder to have sympathy for them.

    • Uptowner

      Sadly, the hardcore liberals will never allow this to be an openly accepted practice (profiling), though it would likely yield considerable results due to the statistics of who commits violent crime in this town. I too consider myself to be progressive on many social issues but moderate overall and I think your suggestion is reasonable. You’re not being ignorant; in my opinion, you’re being a realist. Something needs to be done

    • Darrell Kocha

      Don’t worry, you didn’t need that part of your soul, anyway.
      Peace, love, and understanding work well in a society of peaceful, loving, and understanding people. In a city as violent and carnivorous as New Orleans, you have to be a bit hard-hearted sometimes.
      That said, you say you can spot these crooks every day. Are you sure they’re actually crooks, or do you just see a lot of people who seem to fit the profile? I’m not saying don’t watch your own back, but getting spooked by shadows doesn’t do you any good, either. The majority of “suspicious-looking characters” aren’t up to anything but walking down the street.
      I know it’s a bit of a shock when the world doesn’t match up with your ideals, but don’t let it get to you. Just learn from it and accept that you live in a dangerous city. If you do not wish to live in a dangerous city, then you probably shouldn’t live in New Orleans. I’m not saying, “love it or leave it”; the crime and poverty are problems, but they’re unlikely to go away any time soon. And frankly, the threat of getting robbed isn’t nearly as serious as the threat of being murdered, which the poor black males you’re profiling face every day.
      New Orleans is at once ugly and beautiful, insular and welcoming, full of joy and rife with despair. It is this duality which makes it so intriguing. If you want safety, there’s plenty of that elsewhere. We don’t come to New Orleans to play it safe.

      • UmaSumeros

        On the outside, the look and methods may be different, but basically, internally human behavior really hasn’t changed that much. Love, anger, power, fear and greed are still the driving forces behind most of our actions.

        There’s seems to be a tendency for us to live in denial about this. A good way to really get a grip on what motivates the attack on someone is to think about how your life would be if you no longer had whatever you have right now. What would you do if you lost your family, your means of income and your home?

        When challenging change in circumstances occur, it can change the way you think and act. You can prove this to yourself easily by going without food for a few days.

        From everything I can see, none of this is new. Life now just like life in the past is a risky business; risk is everywhere…in our relationships, our work and our city. Risk is what makes life exciting, but you need to be in the know to deal with the risk you have to face. Learn the facts, accept them and then get the tools you need to handle the risk of living your life on your own terms. Instead of living in fear, live in respect of the facts and do whatever you can to improve the situation.

        Practice being aware of your surroundings; don’t simply walk down the street looking around
        you…pay attention to the details so you can be prepared for what you
        may encounter.

        If we are more honest about who we are and connect with the realities of our friends and neighbors, we might be surprised to learn how much we have in common. Our lives could be a lot more enjoyable if we learned how to apply the same style of team work socially as we do to earn our living.

        It’s not just other people who are shaping our society, it’s us too. Every time we learn news about the people right here in our community, it’s our opportunity to respond in a way that can support helpful actions to continue and prevent harm from happening again.

        A proactive attitude is also a good thing; there’s lots of things we can
        do. For example the cameras that @Moses spoke about from Project Nola.

        Here’s some other things that would like deter crime;
        1–more lights on the street
        2–knowing our neighbors

        Is there a way to install more lights in the area either through the city or a private contractor? Would we be willing to do what it takes to make this happen?

        A lot of us are so self-absorbed with our lives that we don’t pay attention to how powerful it is to acknowledge the importance of the human beings we deal with everyday. Do you know everyone who lives on your block or even next door to you?

        With all of this, be aware that you or I don’t have to agree with or even like the behaviors, actions and lifestyles of everyone. However if we want our own lifestyles to be accepted, we have to accept those of others. Defend your right to party; live and let live.