Woman arrested after security guard spots handgun in her purse as she entered New Orleans courthouse _lowres

Nadia K. Williams

Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a woman Monday after they said she tried to carry a loaded .380-caliber handgun into Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Nadia K. Williams, 29, was booked on one count of illegal carrying of a weapon.

Williams walked into the courthouse at Tulane Avenue and South Broad Street before 9 a.m. and placed her purse on the conveyor belt to go through security, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Thomas Elder, who was screening visitors to the courthouse, noticed what appeared to be a gun and had the purse scanned again. He confirmed it was a firearm, and Williams was taken into custody, Philip Stelly, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said.

The weapon had six rounds in a magazine “but none in the chamber of the semi-automatic weapon,” Stelly said.

“The system worked,” he said. “An alert Deputy Elder is to be commended.”

Williams had gone to the courthouse “to accompany a male who had a court proceeding,” Stelly said, adding he did not know the man’s name or the details of his case.

Williams does not appear to have a prior history of arrests in New Orleans.

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