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New Orleans musician battles carjacker in French Quarter with help from neighborhood bar

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — A local musician is beaten, bruised and furious after battling a carjacker in broad daylight outside a bustling French Quarter bar.

“I could have been hurt, but it was worth stopping it,” Shawn Williams said.

Williams said he wanted to cry at first, but instead felt a surge of anger

“I love my city, you know?” said Williams. “This is where I’m from and I want to help keep it safe and keep the shit out of here.” said Williams.

Everyone at Cosimo and around the neighborhood is stunned by the brazenness of the suspects, who attempted to steal Williams’ car as she was unloading her comrades’ gear on Sunday around 6 p.m. outside the bustling bar at the intersection of Burgundy and Governor Nicholls streets.

“We had customers on the sidewalk running after these guys who eventually gave up, because the guys were going into their pockets and they were scared of what might be in their pocket,” bartender Kaysee said. Seymour.

Seymour was a bartender when she heard the commotion.


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“As I was walking outside, I actually approached not just my neighbor, but a regular, a local musician here, who was both stunned and traumatized,” Seymour said. “And I just walked out and just grabbed them in my arms and held them.”

The shaken Williams had made the quick decision to pull her keys out of the ignition, but the carjacker fought back, punching her three times in the side of the face and jaw.

“Once he started hitting me I was like, ‘I’m about to be beaten to death’, you know? I was thinking about the lady three weeks ago who was beaten to death in broad daylight,” Williams said.

The patrons sprang into action and chased the man towards Governor Nicholls, where witnesses say he encountered an accomplice and turned right onto Rampart.

“These are people you care about,” Seymour said. “These are people you love. These are people who come every day. These are people who are your neighbors, they are your friends.

As everyone made sure Williams and his bandmate were okay, Seymour called 911 and was able to flag down a French Quarter patrol unit passing by.

“Hopefully I can sing with upcoming gigs,” Williams said. “My mouth opens and closes slowly, but I think I will be cured. Not dead. No broken jaw. I still have my car and my stuff and hopefully that has stopped. People aren’t always lucky.

Although she considers herself lucky, she wants to make sure no one else has to face this terror.

“Even though they look like they’re not dumped and drugged and they could be men, women, young children, anyone, just be aware wherever you are, you know? Even if the people are there, because it can happen anywhere,” Williams said.

The NOPD is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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