A trio of teens believed to be behind at least five armed robberies along St. Charles and Louisiana avenues were arrested this week, as was a man suspected in at least 10 home burglaries in Fontainebleau, likely bringing to end two separate crime sprees plaguing opposite ends of Uptown New Orleans.
A neighborhood association that stretches from some of Uptown’s most placid blocks to some that have suffered through open warfare between criminals and police is now exploring the idea of increasing its police presence with off-duty officers.
The Claiborne-University Neighborhood Association held a sort of fact-finding session Thursday night about fee-based security districts, the first in what association president Scott Barron said would be a series of meetings informing residents about the concept.
Investigators released the name of a suspect Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old on Freret Street, and said the same man may have been ambushed by others shortly after the shooting on Freret.
William Baham, 25, is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Errol Meeks, who was gunned down late Monday in front of Friar Tucks bar on Freret.
An armed robbery in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day was reported on Freret Street near Jefferson Avenue and a man was grazed by a bullet in Carrollton over the weekend, police said Tuesday.
Undercover police officers trying to bring an end to a string of gunpoint robberies in the Broadmoor area were ambushed and fired upon Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.
In the past week or so, at least four armed robberies in various locations have been reported, including that of an elderly woman lured out of her home late at night by robbers who shut off her electricity, police said.
Two women had their car stolen at gunpoint early Sunday morning in a Carrollton neighborhood block, police said Wednesday.
Uniformed police descended on the Fontainebleau neighborhood on Wednesday evening, but instead of handing out citations, they were passing out their phone numbers. Officers from the NOPD Second District were joined by residents from around the Uptown in a march to show unity against crime.
The New Orleans Police Department’s effort to reconnect with individual communities returns this week tonight with marches against crime around the city, including two in neighborhoods near the Uptown.
Officers with the Uptown-based Second District will march through Fontainebleau, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of State Street Drive and Walmsley Avenue. The march in the Sixth District (which covers the Garden District and Irish Channel) through Central City will begin at the same time at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center at 2504 Jackson Ave. and split into two groups, one looping down to LaSalle Street, the other heading up Josephine.