Jun 212016

Chase Hardesty (via NOPD)

Chase Hardesty (via NOPD)

A 33-year-old man was arrested Sunday on assault charges after allegedly pointing a gun at passersby near Magazine Street and firing it from an apartment on Camp Street, New Orleans police said.

Chase Hardesty, 33, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, as well as charges of aggravated criminal damage, illegal use of a weapon and other charges, according to a NOPD report. See the news release below for details.

The NOPD arrested Chase Hardesty (DOB 03/16/1983) on numerous counts in an incident that began in the 5300 block of Camp Street. The incident occurred on June 19, 2016.

Just after noon, Second District officers were dispatched to the 5300 block of Magazine Street for a report of a disturbance. The male victim told police that he was parking his vehicle at the intersection of Camp and Valmont streets to visit his girlfriend, who lives in the area, when a female ran toward him from the 5300 block of Camp Street and informed him of hearing a supposed gunshot coming from a residence in the area. The male victim then said he heard another gunshot coming from the location, before seeing what appeared to be a gun barrel coming from the mail slot opening of an apartment door and facing the two victims. The door of the apartment then opened and the male victim saw a while male, later identified as Hardesty, standing in the doorway with what appeared to be a handgun. The two victims fled the area and called police.

Police then received numerous calls concerning a male individual fitting the same description as Hardesty was observed in the area of Magazine Street and Bellecastle Street holding a handgun and pointing it at multiple people and at passing cars. Officers responded to the area and, through the assistance of witnesses in the area, located Hardesty at the intersection of Magazine and Leontine streets, where officers discovered Hardesty with a handgun in his hand that was later found to be loaded and chambered. Hardesty surrendered to police without incident. After Hardesty was arrested and officers interviewed victims in the area, some victims reported that Hardesty allegedly damaged their property during the incident.

Hardesty was booked into Central Lockup on two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, and one count each of aggravated criminal damage, simple criminal damage to property, illegal use of a weapon and illegal carrying of a weapon.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020.

  3 Responses to “Man arrested on gun charges after incident near Magazine Street, police say”

  1. Please take your meds.

  2. Wow. This guy would have been shot dead if he had been black. I bet he thinks he’s a responsible gun owner too. Smh

  3. It won’t deter anyone, but it will get that person and gun off the street.

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