A New Orleans street performer who wears a Chewbacca costume is wanted in connection with a stabbing in the French Quarter on Saturday, April 24. Apparently his light saber wasn’t enough to handle the problem.
Man wearing Chewbacca costume wanted for stabbing
According to police, just before 9 pm, the street performer, known only to officers as someone who wears the Star Wars character’s costume, was involved in an argument with someone else that ended with that person being stabbed in the 700 block of Toulouse Street.
Police did not release the condition of the victim. Police said that a witness to the crime told them that the costume’s head came off during the fight and it appeared to be a dark-skinned man in his 20s.
Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.
Bourbon Street is open for business
Bars across New Orleans were able to reopen after being closed due to COVID-19. While some bars are choosing to stay closed for a while longer, others are excited to reopen.
In the French Quarter, bars like Fahy’s Irish Pub are open for business.
“I’ve been looking at these empty streets for a year now,” said Fahy’s bartender Sarah Hicks, who is happy to be serving up drinks again.
“We’re excited to make some money and make up for the time we lost,” she said.
While the Mardi Gras weekend usually brings in a lot of revenue, Hicks believes the mandatory closure was a good decision in helping slow the spread of COVID-19.
“I think the shutdown has a direct effect on positivity rate,” she said. “I was happy we were shutdown. I didn’t feel safe.”
Hicks said she felt “ok” about giving up this year’s Mardi Gras day of business for people’s safety.
Andrew Babin, bar manager at Crossing– another bar in the French Quarter– said it felt great to reopen the doors for guests and get back to business.
“We were kind of disappointed that we had to miss out on all the revenue over Mardi Gras weekend, but we understand why it happened,” he said.
Several states, including Florida, Texas and Mississippi have fully reopened and removed all mask mandates. More states are expected to follow as citizens grow tired of the lockdowns.