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Arrests mark a show of force by city officials, police

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Thursday's news conference as Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro, NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas and other officers look on. Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks at Thursday's news conference as Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro, NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas and other officers look on.
New Orleans, La. -

It was a large show of force by an administration anxious to show it's reclaiming the streets.

"The rules of the game have changed, and we will do everything in our power to protect the City of New Orleans," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu at a news conference Thursday.

After five days of intensive searching, 19-year-old Akein Scott, taken in a Little Woods raid Wednesday night, appeared before a magistrate and was charged with 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Scott is held on a $10 million bond -- a dramatic difference from the $15,000 bond he was released on when charged on gun and drug charges just two weeks ago.

"This guy's not going anywhere... but you can't predict the future and lock everyone up, arrested for any charge," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti.

Police also have charged Akein's brother, 24-year-old Shawn Scott, for his involvement in the Mother's Day shooting spree.

"When we arrested him, we found cocaine and heroin," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Four people face charges as accessories for allegedly hiding their knowledge of the suspects' whereabouts.

"Harboring known criminals is a serious offense, and these individuals will pay a price... because the people have said enough is enough," said Landrieu.

Chief Serpas said it's difficult to believe such a heinous act could have occurred when one considers that Akein Scott was in the criminal justice system just two weeks ago. "When you see a young man come before you with guns and drugs, a higher bond will protect the people."

The chief says the crime was the work of a gang: "The Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys have been here for a long time, and it's generational."

SWAT officers stood in the background of the news conference at Frenchmen and N. Villere, four days after one of the city's most violent acts ever occurred at the intersection -- a mass shooting that wounded 20 people, three of whom are still listed in critical condition.

"Last Sunday, they took this corner; today we are taking this corner," said Serpas.

The mayor pledges to do more to ease blight in the troubled neighborhood: "The people are going to reclaim this block. Next week we're going to demolish this blighted house."

Neighbors we spoke with hope it will help bring peace to a troubled area.

Now, as the District Attorney's office proceeds with prosecuting these defendants, the mayor says he may go to Baton Rouge to try and come up with legislation dealing with mandatory minimum bonds, hoping to prevent the release of a suspect like Akein Scott.

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