New Orleans police confirmed Tuesday evening that a suspended city employee will face a battery charge for the alleged attack on a tour guide in the French Quarter.
The attack happened less than two weeks ago near the corner of Royal and Governor Nicholls streets in the French Quarter. The guide was leading a haunted walking tour at the time.
The Taxicab Bureau is in charge of enforcing guidelines for walking tours which include the hours of operation and the maximum number of customers per tour.
According to the mayor’s office, New Orleans Taxicab Bureau worker Wilton Joiner was suspended when police began their investigation. Tuesday, a NOPD spokesperson told WGNO News that an arrest warrant had been issued for Joiner on the battery charge.
According to at least three owners of haunted walking tours that operate in the quarter, workers with the Taxicab Bureau began harassing their guides several weeks ago. They say the bureau workers focused the harassment near the Lalaurie house, one of the city’s most famously haunted homes, at the corner of Royal and Gov. Nicholls.
In other cases, the tour company owners say bureau workers detained their guides until after 10:00 pm, when the tours are required to end, then accused them of operating past hours.