Tourists attacked, robbed in NOLA's French Quarter


A surveillance camera captured the moment when two tourists were brutally beaten and robbed in New Orleans' French Quarter on Saturday night.

He is getting better, Gernon said Monday afternoon, but is still in critical condition. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison described him as the ring leader of the group in announcing the arrest.

The graphic footage shows four men attacking two victims from behind as they walked down a sidewalk. Detectives arrested 21-year-old Dejuan Paul, who is thought to be one of the four men responsible for the robbery.

Nearly simultaneously, another man delivers a swift blow to the second victim's head, at which point the victim collapses to the ground face first.


According to WWL-TV, the tourists were in New Orleans for the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the annual meeting of the liberal religious association. The other remained motionless and bleeding as passers-by arrived on the scene.

"These people committed this crime out of the eyes of the police", Harrison said earlier in the day. Byrne remains hospitalized while Curran was treated and released, said Walden.

In Louisiana, convictions for second-degree robbery - defined as taking anything of value from someone and intentionally causing serious bodily injury - result in a minimum sentence of three years hard labor, with a maximum sentence of 40 years. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground and was being robbed, the relative said.

One victim is in critical condition after the attack, in which he was punched in the back of the head, fell face-first onto the sidewalk and was left in a pool of what appears to be blood, according to WWLTV.