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New Orleans musician fights off carjacker in French Quarter with assist from neighborhood bar

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – A neighborhood musician is left battered, bruised and livid after combating off a carjacker in broad daylight exterior of a busy French Quarter bar.

“I may have been harm, however it was value stopping him,” Shawn Williams mentioned.

Williams mentioned he needed to cry at first, however as an alternative felt a wave of anger

“I really like my metropolis, you understand?” Williams mentioned. “That is the place I’m from and I need to assist maintain it protected and maintain the crap out of right here.” Williams mentioned.

Everybody at Cosimo’s and within the neighborhood is shocked on the brazenness of the suspects, who tried to steal Williams’ automobile as she unloaded her bandmates’ gear Sunday round 6 p.m. in entrance of the busy bar on the intersection of Burgundy and Governor Nicholls streets.

“We had prospects on the sidewalk working after these guys who finally gave up, as a result of the fellows have been going into their pockets and so they have been afraid of what probably was of their pocket,” bartender Kaysee Seymour mentioned.

Seymour was bartending when she heard the commotion.


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“As I walked exterior, I really approached not solely my neighbor however an everyday, a neighborhood musician right here, who have been each shocked and traumatized,” Seymour mentioned. “And I simply walked exterior and I simply grabbed them in my arms and I held them.”

The shaken Williams had made a rapid choice to seize her keys out of the ignition, however the carjacker fought again, punching her 3 times within the facet of her face and jaw.

“As soon as he began punching me, I used to be like, ‘I’m about to be overwhelmed to do dying,’ you understand? I used to be pondering of the woman three weeks in the past who was overwhelmed to dying in broad daylight,” Williams mentioned.

The shoppers sprang into motion and chased the person off down Governor Nicholls, the place witnesses say he met up with an confederate and made a proper on Rampart.

“These are individuals you care about,” Seymour mentioned. “These are individuals you like. These are individuals who are available on daily basis. These are people who find themselves your neighbors, they’re your mates.”

As everybody made certain Williams and her bandmate have been OK, Seymour known as 911 and was capable of flag down a French Quarter Patrol unit that handed by.

“Hopefully, I’ll have the ability to sing with gigs developing,” Williams mentioned. “My mouth continues to be opening and shutting slowly, however I feel I’ll be healed. Not useless. No damaged jaw. Nonetheless have my automobile and my belongings and, hopefully, this has stopped. Folks aren’t fortunate on a regular basis.”

Whereas she considers herself fortunate, she needs to ensure nobody else has to face that terror.

“Even when they appear to be they’re not junked out and drugged up and could possibly be male, feminine, younger child, anyone, simply bear in mind wherever you might be, you understand? Even when persons are round, as a result of it could actually occur anyplace,” Williams mentioned.

NOPD is investigating. Anybody with any data is requested to name detectives or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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