On Sunday, March 10, 2013, at around 4:45A.M., a man and his girlfriend noticed three or four unknown black males standing outside of the Friendly Bar, a gay bar located on the corner of Chartres and Marigny Streets. The man said one of the males approached him and tried to strike up a conversation, but while he was trying to tell the man he wasn’t interested in talking, the suspects started following a man in his 30s who walked by them.
The man and his girlfriend then watched as the three subjects began beating the man with bottles. The attack was captured on surveillance video and showed the three black males beating the man with bottles, even when he was on the ground. One of the suspects can be seen walking away, then returning to kick the victim in the head. The suspects then calmly walked away without taking any items from the victim, who was still in possession of cash and his cell phone.
After the witnesses called 911, police and EMS arrived and the victim was taken to the hospital suffering from numerous lacerations and fractures to his face. The victim is still in intensive care and will require cosmetic surgery. The person who sent me this story said the man lost his nose. I have not confirmed this, but the man still being in intensive car and needing cosmetic surgery lends a bit of credence to that statement.
“I’ve never had an incident like this. Usually there’s a reason, and usually it’s robbery,” said Detective Michael Flores. “Not in this case.”
Flores says the men look to be in their 20s, and that they may have been seeking to beat someone up for fun. He added that so far, there is no evidence to support this being a hate crime.
“(The victim) looked like an easy mark — he was by himself, you could tell he was intoxicated,” Flores said. “He was just walking and they ambush him.”
Even though the entire incident was captured on video, police still have not received any tips in this case. Flores implored anyone who may recognize the suspects to turn them in. Anyone who recognizes these suspects has been asked to call Det. Michael Flores at 504.658.6707 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111. Tipsters will be eligible for a reward and do not have to give their name nor testify.