Monday, April 20, 2009

Bizarre Kidnapping of NOLA Black Teens

Update, 2:00 PM, Monday: SUNO students bodies found. Link.

According to a Picayune blog, police have ruled out a drug connection in the kidnapping of Calysse Perkins and her boyfriend Fitzgerald Phillips, both 19 and students at Southeastern Louisiana University (News sources have updated to say the teens were students at SUNO). Two men broke into Perkins's home in the wee hours Sunday morning on New Orleans's West Bank aka Algiers and abducted the teens.

This kidnapping strikes me as highly bizarre.

WDSU TV reports via investigators:
... a ransom demand was called from Phillips' cell phone to a family member at about 2:30 a.m.

A witness told police Phillips was inside Perkins' apartment when two unknown men entered the apartment and ransacked it.

The assailants forced the two victims out of the apartment and into Phillips' vehicle, police said. They then forced the victims to drive to Phillips' residence, where the kidnappers stole some items and fled the scene with Phillips and Perkins in tow.

Police described Phillips as a 19-year-old black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 215 pounds. Perkins was described as a 19-year-old black woman, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. (WDSU)
Since then, police have located Phillips's car, "a black Nissan Maxima at a home near Esplanade and Broad" at 2526 Barracks St., which is the other side of the river, a distance of 7.4 miles away from the kidnapping scene.
And this is where the story gets weirder. In the house on Barracks St, where police discovered Phillips's car parked, were six adults, four men and two women, and also three children--a "set of 2-year-old twins and a 1 year old." (

The house had no running water or electricity and authorities described it as "unfit for children." The adults have been taken into custody for questioning and the children into child protective services custody.

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underOvr (aka The U) said...

I've read about instances of these crimes ocurring in various parts of the country.

It seems to be a new twist on armed robbery in which thieves deliver the crime to your door.

I'm saddened by the reality that in many communities, African Americans live with bars on windows and doors. It's a prison that's meant to discourage home invaders from coming in but it also restricts the residents from going out.

Greed comes in all forms. From AIG exec's taking undeserved bonuses to folks in our communities who take from others what they don't deserve to have.


Vérité Parlant said...

U, when I heard about this kidnapping over the weekend of teens who aren't even from wealthy families, I thought what fresh hell is this? What's scarier is that I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it was not a kidnapping at all but an out and murder attempt, and hope that if that's true, the criminals failed to go through with it.