NOPD: Party bus rider sought in tourist attack surrenders to police

NOPD: Party bus rider sought in tourist attack surrenders to police
Mark Hunter, 19, is wanted for battery after allegedly attacking a Colorado tourist. (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The 19-year-old suspect in a vicious attack on tourists from Colorado has surrendered to police, according to the NOPD.

Gregory Mark Hunter turned himself in Friday afternoon (Feb. 15). He faces a charge of second-degree battery.

On Feb. 10, officers were called to Canal St. and St. Charles Ave. around 2:20 a.m. after a caller reported a fight in the area.

Officers discovered a man bleeding from the mouth being treated by EMS. A friend of the victim told officers their group left their hotel and immediately saw the bus with several passengers hanging out the window and yelling obscenities at a homeless woman. The victim’s group then reportedly confronted the passengers on the bus about the remarks they were making.

Several individuals allegedly exited the bus and began yelling at the victim’s group, police said.

One of those people was identified as Hunter.

The victim’s group reportedly began walking away when one of the individuals from the bus allegedly punched him from the rear on the right side of his face and knocked him unconscious.

The victim was identified as Mark Allen, 30, who was celebrating his birthday with a trip from Colorado.

One member of the group called 911 as an assault reportedly began on a second victim.

Officers located the bus at the intersection of Canal and North Rampart streets, but discovered that the individuals who had confronted the victim's group had reportedly left the bus after it was stopped at another location, police said.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on the whereabouts of Mark Gregory Hunter is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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