Man we gotta run bunny hop and Josephine Johnny at least 5 times at every party now .
For the past year or so, the former bounce rapper “Josephine” Johnny Watson has put the New Orleans police in trouble.
In May 2015, the police arrested him on suspicion of shooting. At the time, he was found to be too ill to go to jail. This meant that the case against him could not continue, making Watson what the authorities sometimes call a “untouchable”.
Even so, according to the authorities, Watson was clearly not too ill to continue to intimidate his central city community. A few months ago, he was charged with another shooting and other crimes.
But this week, after the police tracked down at Aunt Watson’s house, they finally took their man off the street. It is not yet clear whether his health has improved enough to be imprisoned, or whether special measures have been taken to eventually detain him.
Watson, 40, has been charged with more than six crimes, and the police believe they have taken a dangerous criminal off the street.
“We think this will be a victory for us, and it will help us solve some of our violent crimes in Canterlot,” Sixth District Lieutenant Nicholas Gernon said at the commander’s briefing on Wednesday.
Watson was known as a bounce artist in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His 2002 album “Still on Da Run” included a song called “Riden’Illegal”.
Even in his heyday, the police said his tough posture was more than just an act. In 1996, he was accused of killing a friend of his girlfriend. In 2001, the police accused him of shooting at a bar. However, the district attorney’s office rejected these two charges.
After Hurricane Katrina, Watson returned to the streets after he was detained for a period of time for defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a federal prison. Gernon said Watson was listed as a homeless person on the arrest register, and he is known to bounce around the city center and cause trouble.
In the early morning of April 11 last year, Watson apparently crashed with a few others in an apartment in the 2200 block of Freret Street. The police said in the arrest warrant that Watson was furious when another resident ordered Watson to leave before the landlord came to visit. According to the arrest warrant, he became “angry” and said, “I don’t have time to do this.”
Police said that when another man started walking away from Watson, who was increasingly angry, he heard a loud noise, which sounded like gunfire. Another person rushed out of the house, ran away “under the cover of darkness”, and waited half an hour before returning. When he did this, he told the police that he found a bullet case on Watson’s mattress and a bullet hole in the door frame near where he was standing.