Skip to comments.Esplanade Avenue attacks on cyclists involving baseball bats scare area bikers
Posted on 02/20/2014 7:51:50 PM PST by bkopto
According to New Orleans Police Department reports, on Friday morning at around 2:26 a.m., a 32-year-old male was riding his bicycle down Esplanade Avenue when a man stepped in front of his path, at N. Robertson Street. When the cyclist slowed to avoid a collision, a second man, wielding a baseball bat, jumped out from behind a parked car and began beating the biker, fracturing his jaw.
Police officers responding to that attack encountered a near-identical scenario that unfolded 22 minutes after the first, just a few blocks away on Esplanade toward Rampart Street. The second victim, 25, suffered serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, police said.
"It's unspeakable," said Nicolas Lambert, a Treme resident who said he rides on Esplanade daily, though never at night.
Although the attacks occurred on Friday morning, NOPD did not release any information on the incidents until Monday evening. The two attacks were left off of the daily report from the department detailing violent crimes throughout the city on Friday and Monday. NOPD spokesperson Garry Flot said although the incidents were classified as aggravated batteries and a baseball bat is considered a dangerous weapon, the attacks could have been left off the log because the assaults did not involve a gun or a knife.
Still, the nature of the attacks stunned residents, even seasoned cyclists.
"If you ask me, it's bad," said Tim Eskew, a mechanic at Bicycle Michael's on Frenchman Street. "Is it bad? It's bad."
But Eskew, who has worked at the shop for 20 years, said residents shouldn't be frightened to ride their bicycles, as long as they take necessary safety measures. Eskew said he's a friend of the second victim, whom he called an experienced cyclist.
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Enough of this and bikers will begin to fight back.
I didn’t doubt for one second it was the Amish.
almost never do they include a description of the criminals, just their clothing.
There should be room in all but the most abbreviated spandex bike gear...for a mace..a stun gun ..etc..
That would be racist, dontcha know.
” residents shouldn’t be frightened to ride their bicycles, as long as they take necessary safety measures.”
Carry a freakin’ sword!
If you were a politician and wanted to serve longer than term limits permitted, wouldn’t you try to perpetrate a racial struggle so you could declare martial law, suspend the laws permitting elections and continue to serve forever?
It would seem easy enough to field plain clothes police decoys... and even announce that this was going to be done. Vigilantes are officially frowned on, but this is a good example of why vigilantes came into being.
Didn't Zimmerman already get this guy?
I think a Ruger LCP would be a good modern reincarnation of the concept.
There is no amount of experience that you can have to avoid a determined attacker. All you can do is avoid the area altogether.
That’s ONE possible form of chaos such a one might choose to foment. But I don’t think Barack Obama even needs to do much, if this is his plan. His sycophants are doing it well for him. Actually, Obama looks a whole lot like a figurehead for a Democrat party that hates black people as much as they did in antebellum times. Mouths a liberal enough line, but doesn’t have the spunk and energy of an actual liberal firebrand. Two-bit community organizer. Has to be choreographed and have apologias made, by others. I can’t find it in myself to heap a lot of blame on Obama. He’s symbolic. Dull Joe would probably find himself compliant in the same maelstrom if Obama was impeached.
Only his brother.
Where’s Critical Ass when you need them???
Do you mean, maybe, Critical Mass?
Busy eating bean sprouts and arugula, I guess.
You need a crew of armed bikers to migrate to the area. The word of a few dead perps littering the sidewalk would get around the hood pretty fast.
Harley-type bikers and Schwinn-type bikers aren’t the same, usually :-)
OK, put the armed bikers on bicycles, the desired bad-ass effect would be the same.
But I did mean cyclists.
... though maybe the human powered cyclists could take to wearing spikes... as a warning. Don’t mess around with Spikes ‘n’ Spokes. One idea, don’t know how good or bad it would be. The spiky bikers might attract more attacks, not less, by ground based dudes with ‘tudes. No easy answer down this road.
WWJD? I dunno. Other than pray before and while riding. Even peaceniks have some sort of limit.
Chocolate City is chocolate again.
It does seem to call, perhaps, for some sort of “guardian angels” action... call it vigilantes if you want, but they wouldn’t spring into action until they saw it was clearly needed. They wouldn’t go around baiting trouble, but they would deal righteously with trouble when they found it, even happening to others. Citizens arrest and all that stuff.
What did chocolate ever do to deserve being likened to ghetto mindedness.
They only go after mothers that have children with them.
There's the problem right there.
Nah, I think they need to be baited and shot.
If they don’t attack, they don’t get shot.
A bunch of tough guys disguised as weak victims. Wreak havok on one night, and then split, leaving cops and gangsta-wannabees scratching their heads.
I suspected as much when I found no description of the attackers
Some psycho corrupt felon ex mayor just insulted it by comparison for no good reason.
Just about every one loves chocolate!
Can’t really say the same for...
Well maybe I just better shut up right there :D
And why should it BE a problem.
Fault Singapore’s fanaticism all you want, such a rider wouldn’t be touched. Someone attacking him would be very likely to get brutally caned if not worse. While I don’t advocate that degree of vengeance in America (they recruit troops to carry this out based on how heartless they say they can be), I do think that the US could come quite near to that level of public safety if honest people could bear any reasonable kind of defense arms without hassle.
Bwahahahaha ... now that right there was funny, Chris! And so right on!
It’s all fun and games until the bikers start using cyclone fenceposts for lances.
I say do the righteous thing, but I am quite aware that gets enemies.
I don’t fault Singapore, as they seem to have their act together. However, this being the U.S., we’ve all generally been taught that living in high crime areas, going out in the wee hours that generally that’s when something bad is disproportionately bound to happen (and inevitably, we already know the general age, race, and gender of the perps involved). It’s sad that it’s that way, and it shouldn’t be, but until a cultural shift occurs and the major contributors to the crime rate are taught to appreciate behaving in a civilized way, it’s not going to change (point being, people shouldn’t have to be forced to resort to carrying weapons to protect themselves to do something as simple as going out for a late-night walk or ride).
My friend used to live right there. Is there a motive, did they steal the bikes?
Oh, many muggings also happen in the daytime as well.
Freeing up folks to defend themselves would do almost as much as the likelihood of getting caned, to get muggers to think twice.
Why give up the night to evil.
It’s damned hard to shoot and scoot from a bicycle.
Also, Singapore had to deal with an “extreme diversity” situation. Especially with the wild card of Islam as about a third of the population. Not content to just let what Islam do what it commonly does when it is that strong in a population, Singapore drew a heavy line. The US black vs white situation isn’t that bad, but it’s worsening.
Well you stop, shoot, then scoot.
my choice smith and wesson mp65
i don’t think they make em anymore
You've got a touchy timing problem when the perp jumps out and attacks with less than a second's notice. Stopping takes two hands. My bet is the victim was hit while still moving.
It's not easy.
Those wimpy bicycle helmets don’t do much for a bat on the noggin, granted. One should go to at last a 3/4 face motorcycle helmet.
argh. at last should read, at least
It would seem easy enough to field plain clothes police decoys... and even announce that this was going to be done.
You beat me posting that thought, except I don’t believe it should be announced.
The PD decoys should just shoot the attackers. Once word is out, the attacks will stop. ...Law abiding tax payers should not have to endure feral behavior from anyone.
New Orleans is a 24 hour city. People work all night and have to go home. Many ride bikes.People worldwide are lured here to party all night-bars and eateries are open everywhere and busses and streetcars run in areas where there should be tanks.
I don’t know if the victims were working people or other nightdwellers who found trouble instead of caused it; but ANYONE on the streets of New Orleans at night is likely to be a victim. It’s that dangerous.
Wait till this happens to tourists. Wait till there is a serious shootout or spray of gunfire at a Mardi Gras parade. Most locals already have given up the idea of going into the city for parades because of the concentration of people in the dangerous central city area that is now the ONLY route for parades. We know this happens. We know it WILL happen.
The ‘cultural shift’ you speak of HAS happened- THIS IS IT! Those who are involved in, or approve of, crime( because they or their circle benefits) are the majority now! Expecting New Orleans to ‘clean up its act’ is like expecting the Barbary Coast pirates to vote in strong laws against drinking and piracy! It’s all heading down the drain-literally and figuratively- STAY OUT of New Orleans.
THERE is the only solution. You have it. And it would work, eventually. But you don’t know the area this happened in. It’s dark( street lights still out since Katrina) under old oak trees. The Treme area of town( yes- that same glorified in the cable show) is HEAVILY populated by criminals. A few naïve types live in big homes on Esplanade, but the backstreets are rife with criminals. The tough guys lying in wait would be outnumbered and out shot once the baiting started. It would be a wild-west shootout. This bunch isn’t giving up the neighborhood without a fight.
Ninja types, lying in wait, around the city would work but they’d have to be good, fast and change locations nightly. We’re talking ‘Escape From New York’ conditions here.
Which turns out to be more than enough. There is always the exception, but common sense, logic, and (omg) FACTS give one the correct answer most of the time
Yet we will be criticized for acknowledging the truth.
As Clint Eastwood might say... if a guy is dressed in a hoodie, hiding behind cars with a baseball bat, he ain't selling Girl Scout Cookies.
Baseball bat. Baseball is a national sport. Can't be outlawing baseball bats. Ergo, when wielded by a protected minority, it is NOT a deadly weapon.
Besides, he was just using it to make Girl Scout Cookies (rollin in the dough).