Vacationing Las Cruces couple hurt in New Orleans crime spree
May 08, 2018 06:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – While there are many stories of tourists falling victim to New Mexico criminals, a Las Cruces couple who hoped for a nice vacation elsewhere is now dealing with a lot of trouble.
Terry Brennan and his wife Cynthia Newport planned to spend two weeks in New Orleans. The couple had only been in the city for a day when they got caught up in a deadly crime spree that forced them to exchange their hotel for a hospital.
"I didn't learn much about the story until a few days after," Brennan told KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso, Texas. "It was all mixed up like a puzzle, and I found out what happened."
According to New Orleans police, 25-year old Charles Williams went on a citywide rampage on April 22. Police say he shot five people including a man who drove a car, killing him.
Brennan and his wife had just finished visiting the French Quarter when they ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time. The driver who was shot crashed into the vehicle Brennan and his wife rode in.
"I ended up having broken ribs and a fracture and then a hole in my back," Brennan said.
Brennan says his injuries are not as severe has his wife's. He said she has a broken pelvis, a shattered femur and a concussion. He now sleeps in his wife's hospital room.
While they are fortunate to be alive, the couple now faces a new problem: getting back home. Newport no longer has an id to board a plane.
"During the accident, what happened with Cynthia is that she ended up with no purse at all," Brennan said. "They couldn't find it."
Even if her purse did show up again, Brennan is afraid for her health on a flight. He said he is trying to rent an RV to gently bring his wife back to New Mexico. Click here to donate to the couple's GoFundMe page.
As for the suspect Williams, police say he returned to the scene of the crash and opened fire on a police officer.
Updated: May 08, 2018 06:23 PM
Created: May 08, 2018 02:51 PM
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