A man jogging near Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon, and later that evening a woman was robbed of her Toyota Prius by a man with a gun on Soniat Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said.
In 1984, a man broke into to college student Jennifer Thompson’s apartment while she was sleeping and raped her in her bed, but she did her utmost through the assault to scrutinize every aspect of his appearance so she could give police as complete a description as possible. She helped create a composite sketch that swiftly led to an arrest, and her testimony sent Ronald Cotton to prison for both her rape and another woman’s for two life sentences.
Ten years later, DNA evidence proved that Cotton was not, in fact, Thompson’s attacker, and that the actual rapist was a similar-looking man Cotton had been blaming throughout the appeals process. While Cotton sat in prison, that man committed dozens of other violent crimes, including six rapes — leading Thompson to the horrifying realization that her mistaken identification not only sent an innocent man to jail, but also allowed a rapist to walk the streets free.
“If we’re going to talk about wrongful conviction, we also have to talk about wrongful liberty,” Thompson said. “…Everybody gets hurt. Everybody is failed — everybody except the perpetrator, who lives to be free.”
A man was found with a gunshot wound inside a St. Andrew Street home on Saturday evening, New Orleans police said.
Accurate descriptions of suspects have proven to be extremely difficult to come by, even under the best of circumstances, a noted criminologist said Friday morning during the 2018 Loyola Law Review Symposium, “Protecting the Innocent: Louisiana’s Reform of Eyewitness Identifications.”
From Tulane University:
Can cleaning vacant lots cause a chain of events that curbs child abuse or stops a teen from falling victim to violence?
That’s the provocative question behind a new Tulane University research project to study whether maintaining vacant lots and fixing up blighted properties in high-crime areas reduces incidents of youth and family violence. The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane a $2.3 million grant to test the theory in New Orleans.
from New Orleans Police Department
The NOPD coordinated with Walgreens again this year to do a candy giveaway and to make sure kids have a safe and boo-tiful Halloween.
Dozens of local Walgreen stores donated over 400 bags of candy to the New Orleans Police Department to allow neighborhood kids to interact with their local police officers on Halloween.
Superintendent Michael Chief Harrison is encouraging community members, parents or guardians to stop by their local district station to allow kids to trick-or-treat in a safe environment with officers.
Two men working on a house on Chestnut Street this weekend were robbed by a man pretending to be a police officer, New Orleans Police said.
Two men have been arrested by New Orleans police and federal marshals after a violent armed robbery earlier this month on Second Street in Central City that included the shooting of one of the victims, authorities said.
A man riding his bicycle on Hollygrove Street on Sunday afternoon was attacked by a group of juveniles who robbed him of his bicycle, New Orleans police said.
A man walking across South Claiborne Avenue overnight was killed after being hit by a vehicle that drove off without stopping, New Orleans police said Thursday morning.