Cops: Man who beat tourist turns self in

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 15, 2019 - 9:03 pm

New Orleans Police say a man who jumped off a party bus and attacked a tourist has surrendered.

"The NOPD confirms that Mark Gregory Hunter turned himself into NOPD headquarters," Public Information Officer Aaron Looney said in an email.  "Hunter is charged with second-degree battery."

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Hunter. 

It detailed how the suspect allegedly beat the victim on February 10, 2019 at the intersection of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Looney said that officers responded to a call reporting a battery incident.

"Officers discovered a male victim bleeding from the mouth being treated by EMS. A friend of the victim told officers their group left their hotel and immediately saw the bus with several passengers hanging out the window and yelling obscenities at a homeless woman. The victim’s group then reportedly confronted the passengers on the bus about the remarks they were making. Several individuals allegedly exited the bus and began yelling at the victim’s group. The victim’s group reportedly began walking away when one of the individuals from the bus allegedly punched the victim from the rear on the right side of his face and knocked him unconscious."

NOPD were able to find the bus a short distance away, but the suspects were gone.

"Through follow-up investigation, NOPD Eighth District detectives were able to positively identify Hunter as the perpetrator who allegedly attacked the victim."

The victim suffered multiple injuries including a broken jaw and lost several teeth.

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