Apr 102017

A map of the reported sex crimes in the Fairgrounds neighborhood over the past month (CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun

After a slew of sexual assault reports in the last few months, Faubourg St. John neighbors were concerned about a serial rapist in the area. Officials from the New Orleans Police Department assured residents against that idea.

Commander Doug Eckert, who’s in charge of the NOPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, spoke to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association during their monthly meeting Tuesday. Eckert reassured residents that there’s no serial rapist running around the Fairgrounds, and only one rape has been reported so far this year. Continue reading »

Apr 062017

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating after two suspects stole a man’s dog, along with other, less furry, valuables.

Third District officers responded to the 2900 block of Ursulines Avenue on Tuesday after the victim reported a simple robbery. The victim said two unknown black men approached him from behind while he was coming back from Pal’s Lounge around 11:45 p.m., police said. Continue reading »

Apr 042017

Kenneth Ambo

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man involved in several domestic violence incidents since December.

Kenneth Ambo, 23, is wanted for multiple domestic violence incidents since December.

The most recent incident was reported on March 27. The victim told police Ambo has been calling and sending threatening text messages to the victim’s cell phone, police said. Continue reading »

Mar 302017

The suspect was seen taking numerous toothpaste items from the Dollar General (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man who was seen shoplifting toothpaste from the Dollar General.

The suspect was caught on surveillance video taking the toothpaste from the store – located at 230 North Broad Ave. – on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Mar 302017

A representation of violent personal crime around Mid-City last week. The red fist signifies assaults.

By Claire Byun

Shoplifting incidents around New Orleans Police Department’s First District are up this month, though the total number of violent crimes has decreased.

There have been 117 shoplifting reports this year compared to 82 at this point last year, according to NOPD statistics. First District officials discussed last week’s crime statistics at their regular meeting Tuesday. Continue reading »

Mar 272017


The New Orleans Police Department is searching for two suspects in connection to a vehicle theft from January.

Police are searching for Marquis Cheneau and Ronshawn Smith, both 19, who are wanted for possession of items stolen during an auto burglary, police said. Smith is also wanted for illegal possession of stolen things for an additional vehicle burglary that took place in the Third District. Continue reading »

Mar 222017


The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught shoplifting on camera.

The suspect was seen taking various children’s clothing at the Dollar General on 230 Broad Ave. on Thursday. Anyone with information regarding this individual or this incident is asked to contact First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Continue reading »

Mar 172017

A snapshot of auto burglaries around Mid-City over the past four weeks (via CrimeMapping.com)

By Claire Byun

Cheap technology used by criminals to unlock car doors – without a key – is contributing to the rash of auto burglaries around Mid-City, and several residents addressed city leaders to help stem the crimes.

City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents District A, held a town hall Thursday afternoon to discuss public safety and crime. Commanders from three New Orleans Police Department districts made brief presentations on crime statistics and prevention tips. About 50 people attended the meeting – held at St. Central Matthew United Church of Christ in Uptown – and could ask questions of Guidry, the police or even local court officials. Continue reading »

Mar 162017

See below for live coverage.

Live Blog Susan Guidry town hall meeting on crime – March 16, 2017

Mar 162017

By Claire Byun

As of right now, the Tulane Canal neighborhood doesn’t have it’s own special security patrols and is not included in the Mid-City Security District. But it could be something Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association members consider for the future.

Patrick Armstrong, with the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, wanted to float the idea of including Tulane Canal into MCSD before proposing new legislation. The special district is based on state legislation and has to go up to ballot every few years, which gives organizers the ability to modify the district’s boundaries and payment options. Continue reading »