Aaron Jordan, a Metairie resident, has been making waves lately, attracting attention from curious radio and television interviewers with his plans to organize an armed citizens group to patrol the French Quarter.
He even claims to have met with New Orleans Police Department officials this week at the 8th District station.
But there seems little chance that Jordan’s plans for making the streets safer will actually come to fruition. The reason: Jordan is a wanted man.
According to court records, a warrant for Jordan’s arrest was issued May 30 on a felony stalking charge in relation to harassing letters he sent to a Municipal Court employee who is a relative of Judge Paul Sens.
The NOPD did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday. However, people close to the alleged victim said she is fearful of her safety.
“She’s terrified. This guy is on TV talking about how he’s a gun-toting vigilante in the French Quarter,” said a relative of the woman who spoke on condition of anonymity because he said he was afraid for his safety.
According to the relative, Jordan had been contacting the woman since August, sending her harassing letters and also mailing disparaging rants about her to other people.
The relative was frustrated the police didn’t arrest Jordan when he visited the 8th District station.
“Aaron Jordan walked into the police station with a felony arrest warrant, and the police let him go,” the man said.
Jordan, 37, announced the formation of the French Quarter Minutemen last week. He said the group would be composed of private citizens with concealed-carry gun permits who would escort workers in the historic neighborhood to and from their vehicles.
“I thought that it was time that someone did something to set up a check to the unregulated crime, especially violent crime directed toward the service industry,” Jordan said an interview Tuesday.
He said he was motivated to take matters into his own hands by a recent attack on musician Doug Potter, who was brutally beaten by two men in February after playing a gig in the French Quarter.
According to Jordan, his group had garnered significant community support and was poised to have its first meeting within a few weeks.
On Wednesday, a rattled Jordan said by phone that he had left town and was terrified of being arrested and ending up in Orleans Parish Prison.
“The New Orleans police are threatening me over the phone,” he said, seconds before hanging up.
Jordan has a conviction for criminal trespassing for a 2009 incident that occurred in the 1100 block of Elysian Fields Avenue. He took the matter to trial and acted as his own attorney.
It appears that the case was the spark for his ire against Sens — the judge who heard the case — and his family.
Prosecutors claimed at the time that Jordan had been harassing and following a taxicab driver and former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office employee in the belief that the man’s son was wanted by the Secret Service.
During the trial, Jordan told prosecutors he had previously worked as an informant for a Secret Service agent, though he said he was not paid for that information. He even subpoenaed the agent, Christopher McDonald, though the subpoena was thrown out.
Sens found Jordan guilty and admonished him for his actions.
“You went out there yourself. Went on the property like you are some type of vigilante,” Sens said.
He gave Jordan a 30-day suspended sentence and banned him from entering the victim’s property or contacting him for a year.
According to court records, Jordan filed numerous motions challenging the ruling. He failed to show up for his last hearing, which was in December 2010.