Coroner identifies two shot to death in N.O.
Two men killed during separate shootings Monday in New Orleans have been identified by the Coroner’s Office as Dwayne Joseph and Corey Reed.
Joseph, 17, was shot about 4 p.m. near Eads and North Rocheblave streets in St. Roch. He died about 30 minutes later at Interim LSU Hospital.
Reed, 25, was shot about 6:15 p.m. at Charbonnet and North Johnson streets in the Lower 9th Ward. He died at the scene.
Police have not identified a motive or suspect in either case.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Slidell man arrested on child porn counts
The FBI and Slidell police arrested Brian Graco, 33, at his home Tuesday and booked him on counts related to child pornography, an FBI spokeswoman said.
The arrest came after agents searched Graco’s home on Spartan Loop in Slidell, spokeswoman Mary Romig Haskins said in a news release.
Graco’s arrest was part of an ongoing investigation, she said.
Police search for two youths in attack
Covington police are searching for two “around junior high school age” boys who attacked a third while the victim walked home from the library Friday afternoon, according to Chief Tim Lentz.
The attack, which happened near West 27th Avenue and North Pierce Street, left the victim with a broken jaw, Lentz said.
The two attackers were described as black males with military-style haircuts. One was wearing a maroon shirt and khaki shorts and the other a white shirt and maroon shorts, Lentz said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department at (985) 892-8500 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Crawfish shells lead to shooting, guilty plea
A 19-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for shooting his mother’s boyfriend after an argument about crawfish shells.
Arcainia Banks pleaded guilty as charged at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to attempted second-degree murder.
Banks shot his mother’s boyfriend in December after the boyfriend was kicked out of their apartment in the 1500 block of Dumaine Street.
Before the shooting, Banks’ mother had complained the victim left crawfish shells behind their apartment.
A security video showed the victim walking into the apartment to gather up his belongings. Seconds later, the man was seen crawling from the unit with gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
Banks followed the victim out of the apartment and shot him once again, this time in the back.
“This was a senseless crime,” District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said. “How can an argument over crawfish shells so quickly erupt into gunfire?”
Police investigate three more shootings in N.O.
Three more people were shot in New Orleans on Tuesday, following a weekend that saw 19 others shot — three fatally — between Friday night and Monday night.
None of the victims from Tuesday’s shootings died.
The first shooting was reported about 12:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Iberville Street. The male victim’s condition was not immediately known.
A 36-year-old man was shot in the hand about 4:30 a.m. during a robbery in the 800 block of Convention Center Boulevard. He then walked back to his hotel and called 911. His wound was not serious.
Police said the victim’s assailant was a black woman in her late 20s, about 5-foot-7 with a medium build who drives a late-model gray or brown Kia SUV.
A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg at North Galvez and Desire streets in the St. Claude neighborhood about 1 p.m. He was reported in stable condition at a local hospital.
Man killed after bike hit guardrail is ID’d
A man killed Monday after being ejected from his motorcycle in Mandeville has been identified as David Anthony Turner.
Turner, 45, of New Orleans, died after his bike struck a guardrail on the West Causeway Approach about 3:30 p.m.
He was thrown from the bike after it hit the rail. He fell to the ground below and died on the scene.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation. While alcohol is not suspected, toxicology tests are pending.
Suspected purse snatcher booked again
A Metairie man previously arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for two purse snatchings has been arrested by Kenner police and booked in connection with a May 4 robbery in the 1000 block of St. Julien Drive.
Eric Robertson, 31, was booked with second-degree robbery and unauthorized use of an access card.
Just before 2 a.m. May 4, Robertson approached a 62-year-old woman as she was getting out of her vehicle and allegedly grabbed her purse in an attempt to pull it from her, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.
He was not able to take the purse, so he began to punch the victim, knocking her to the ground. He then took the purse before he drove away, McGregor said.
The woman suffered a broken right arm, a fracture in her right wrist and nose, multiple cuts and abrasions, and a dislocated shoulder that required surgery.
Shortly after the robbery, Robertson was recorded on surveillance video allegedly using the victim’s credit cards at a local store with an unknown man.
Robertson remains in custody. Bail was set at $ 136,000.
Kenner man arrested in fake-cop vehicle stop
Kenner police on Monday arrested a man who is not quite one of their own.
Wade Boudoin, 43, of Kenner, allegedly pulled over a vehicle on Furman Circle and claimed to be a Kenner police officer.
Officers who arrived to investigate a call from the woman who was pulled over saw Boudoin wearing a T-shirt with POLICE in white lettering on the front and back and a belt with handcuffs, a radio, Mace, a flashlight holder and a security badge on it.
Boudoin told the woman he had caught her on radar speeding and that he would pull her out of the car and arrest her or give a breath test.
The actual officers took him into custody and booked him with impersonating a police officer.
Boudoin’s bail was set at $5,000. He remained jailed Tuesday.