Metairie man accused of taking bar patrons hostage, and other area crime news - The New Orleans Advocate

Edward Schlumbrecht, 52, of Metairie, was arrested and accused of firing several shots and taking several people hostage early Saturday inside the Turtle Lounge in the 8000 block of Karen Street in Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office... Schlumbrecht was booked on 18 counts of attempted murder, 18 counts of false imprisonment, 18 counts of aggravated assault, one count of illegal discharge of a weapon and one count of possession of a firearm in an alcohol beverage outlet. The Sheriff’s Office said Schlumbrecht walked into the Turtle Lounge armed with an AK-47 assault weapon, a. 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a. 38-caliber Derringer. Al West opened a line of communication with the man, who said he was going to kill everybody, said Col. ” One of the hostages had jumped on the gunman, overpowered him and taken the AK-47 from him. Fortunato said there were 18 people inside the bar when the incident began. Crime scene technicians recovered three spent pistol cartridges and one spent rifle cartridge. Fortunato said it was later learned that the gunman was angry with a neighbor who was in the lounge at the time. NOPD: Man pretends to be cop to steal $4,000 Shortly before 10 p. m. Friday, a man impersonating a police officer robbed another man in the parking lot of the Mardi Gras Truck Stop and Casino in the 2400 block of Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans... Source: