Car burglar in New Orleans CBD fired gun at owners who confronted him, police say | CourtsPosted by On

Bail was set at $280,000 Wednesday for a man jailed on charges of burglarizing four vehicles in a New Orleans Central Business District parking lot – and firing gunshots at the people who confronted him.

One bullet hit a crib holding a baby in a nearby residence, and another pierced an adjacent hotel window and landed in a guest’s pillow, police said in documents filed in Criminal District Court.

Joshua James, 18, was arrested Tuesday night on four counts of attempted second-degree murder, four counts of simple burglary, four counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, three counts of simple criminal damage and one of an illegal use of a weapon.

James, with three other men and two girls, are accused of burglarizing at least four vehicles in a parking lot in the 500 block of Natchez Street on June 25 at about 3:36 a.m., according to the court records. When car owners confronted them, the four men pulled guns and started firing. One woman was wounded.

The burglars drove off in a white Lexus sedan.

East Jefferson Levee District police arrested James with three men and two girls after a vehicle chase that began with a traffic stop in Kenner on June 27. Guns found in their car matched the bullet casings from the CBD parking lot, police said in the court records. 

A public defender representing James in court Wednesday said there was no evidence…

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