Attend a Christmas bash, catch up on shopping at the market, or belt out Handel’s Messiah — there’s no shortage of options to get into the holiday spirit this weekend. See below for a snapshot of what’s going on Uptown.
Two teens have been arrested in an armed robbery outside an Uptown charter high school that served as a prelude to a violent Halloween weekend around the city, police said Thursday.
In separate incidents, a man was shot in the Garden District, a woman was robbed of her luxury car in the Milan area, police found a major stash of drug money in Freret, and thefts deemed “crimes of opportunity” saw a surge around Uptown, ranking NOPD officers reported at their weekly meetings Thursday morning.
A volley of bullets fired Thursday evening near an intersection in the Milan neighborhood left a man with a gunshot wound to the ankle, and police are investigating the case despite his lack of cooperation, authorities said Friday.
A woman had her car stolen at gunpoint in an early-morning carjacking at the intersection of Loyola and Louisiana avenues, and police are requesting the public’s help in the case.
The victim was driving a white 2010 Toyota Camry at the intersection about 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, when she was approached by a gun-wielding man who demanded she get out of the car, according to a news release from Officer Shereese Harper. When she got out, he drove away in the car, a Hertz rental with unknown Florida plates, Harper wrote.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or 877-903-STOP (7867).
Despite his pleas of self-defense, Burtell Thomas, 27, will be sentenced Oct. 5 to a mandatory life term in prison on a second-degree murder conviction for shooting 31-year-old Lashawn Butler six times on June 25, 2009, at Butler’s Cadiz Street home near Loyola Avenue, according to Gwen Filosa of the Times-Picayune.