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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Two French Quarter victims violently knocked out within days of each other remain hospitalized with serious head injuries.

The assaults shine light on what appears to be a concentration of crime in the area.

'He has stitches on his lips as well as his skull,' said Brian Cheramie, describing his brother-in-law's condition.

Juan Capril is in the intensive care unit at University Hospital -- an apparent victim of a brutal assault that unfolded last Saturday night in the 600 block of Saint Louis.

Capril's family said the 28-year-old is in an induced coma.

'I love this city. I use to go in the Quarter area all the time. I haven't been there in years. For this reason, crime and I have a family I need to worry about,' said Cheramie who on Wednesday stopped by the hospital to check on his brother-in-law and NOPD's 8th District Station to speak with detectives.

Police confirm a pedestrian flagged down an officer after Capril was found on the ground with head injuries and allegedly uncooperative with responding officers. Police say they're questioning a unnamed suspect after witnesses saw him arguing with Capril.

'Something could have been said or not. It's an unfortunate event. It went further then it should have gone,' said Cheramie.

This is the second violent assault in days. On Monday night musician Doug Potter was badly beaten carrying instruments to his car in the 600 block of Conti Street. He remains hospitalized with serious head injuries.

According to crimemapping.com since Jan. 1, there have been 22 thefts, six assaults and two robberies within a 500-foot radius of these recent violent attacks.

'One of the beauties of this neighborhood is it so walkable and so pedestrian oriented. The fact that people have to be nervous about walking from place to place, it's sickening,' said Meg Lousteau with Vieux Carre' Property Owners and Residents Association.

The neighborhood association says a lack of NOPD officer manpower isn't helping the crime problem in the area.

'We know the police that are here are doing the best that they can. The number of officers in the 8th District that includes the French Quarter has gone from about 150 to about 100 in the past few years. There simply aren't as many police who can be on the streets at any given time, and that's a real problem,' Lousteau said.

It's a challenge that now hits close to home for a West Bank family worried about a young father's recovery.

'The kind of violence that's happening now, the community needs to get together and stop it,' said Cheramie.

If you have information about either NOPD case call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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