Teacher suspected of sending lewd photos to students, and other area police news _lowres

New Orleans police are trying to identify this man wanted in an armed robbery in the 2400 block of Royal Street.

Teacher suspected of sending lewd photos

A New Orleans schoolteacher was arrested Monday on suspicion that he sent lewd pictures to four students, police said.

Damon Williams, 32, was booked on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to Orleans Parish court records.

Williams is a teacher at Sophie B. Wright Charter School, where Principal Sharon Clark said the parent of a student reported the alleged photo distribution.

She said Williams, in his third year at the school, has been suspended.

His bail was set at $150,000.

N.O. coroner identifies three homicide victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified three recent homicide victims:

Danson Simmons, 28, was fatally shot Dec. 11 in the 1300 block of Bartholomew Street.

James Henderson, 49, was fatally shot Dec. 13 in the 1100 block of Hendee Street.

Michael Meyers, 35, was fatally shot Dec. 14 in the 8400 block of Hickory Street.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in any of the cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide detectives at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police try to identify, locate armed robber

New Orleans police are asking for help in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery Monday in the Marigny neighborhood.

The 23-year-old victim was walking with a friend in the 2400 block of Royal Street when the robber approached them about 10 p.m.

He demanded money, but the victim refused. The robber then hit him in the head with his gun, at which point the victim gave the robber his cash.

The robber fled in a vehicle that possibly was white, police said.

Police released a sketch of the robber Tuesday. He is described as a black man, about 28 years old, about 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective Steve Nolan at (504) 658-6080.

Men shot Tuesday in St. Roch, Algiers

An 18-year-old man was shot in the chest early Tuesday in St. Roch.

The victim was found inside a home in the 2600 block of North Galvez Street about 6 a.m., police said. He was taken to a hospital.

Police did not identify a suspect or motive.

Later Tuesday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the neck in Algiers.

That shooting was reported about 6 p.m. in the 700 block of Whitney Avenue.

The victim’s condition was not available.

Woman robbed of cellphone in burglary

Two men robbed a Gentilly woman of her cellphone after she had nothing else to give them during a burglary attempt.

The 67-year-old victim was forced to the back of her home in the 400 block of Wallace Drive about 10:40 a.m. Monday, according to a Police Department log.

The victim told the men she had nothing and they left with her phone.

Gunfire injures two men in separate shootings

Two men were injured in separate shootings Monday evening in New Orleans.

The first shooting happened about 5:45 p.m. in the 3800 block of Lotus Street in Gentilly. Three men got out of a car and began to shoot at the victim, who was hit twice.

The second shooting happened about 6 p.m. in the 6300 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

The victim and a friend got into an argument about drugs, and the victim was shot. Police said a warrant would be issued for the gunman but did not identify him.

Woman reports rape on edge of French Quarter

A woman reported being raped late last week on the edge of the French Quarter.

The victim reported the rape Monday. A daily crime log indicated it happened in the 800 block of North Rampart Street.

No other details were available.

N.O. police investigate five armed robberies

New Orleans police on Tuesday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

2:30 p.m. Monday in the 7000 block of Lawrence Road: The victim met an unknown man at a park in the area and invited him home for a beer. About 30 minutes later the man pulled out a gun and took the victim’s cellphone, necklace and $40.

6:10 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of North Rampart Street: An unknown man walked up to the victim, pointed a revolver at him and fled with his vehicle.

12:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of North Rampart Street. Two men and a woman were approached by a man with a gun. The robber demanded their belongings and fled when they handed them over.

1:40 a.m. Tuesday at Gen. Pershing and Prytania streets: The victims were walking when a man jumped out of the bushes, pulled out a gun and demanded their belongings before running away.

2:25 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Esplanade Avenue: The victim was approached by an armed man who demanded his belongings and ran away with them.

Bogalusa man booked in Mandeville bike theft

A Bogalusa man was arrested and booked on a single count of simple burglary after he allegedly stole a $5,000 triathlon bicycle from a Mandeville cycling store early Monday morning.

James Fruge, 31, is accused of smashing the front glass door of The Spokesman, a bike shop in the Northlake Shopping Center, and taking a Felt IA4 Carbon Fiber Triathlon bike, said Lt. Gerald Sticker, of the Mandeville police.

The store owner told police the bike would be easy to spot given its rarity and unusual appearance. Later Monday, another bike store owner reported that a car in his parking lot had a bike similar to the stolen one inside. He gave a description of the car and the license plate number to police.

A little while later, a Mandeville police officer spotted the car in a McDonald’s parking lot. Officers approached and spoke with Fruge, who gave consent to search his car, where the bike was found, Sticker said.

Fruge admitted to the theft and was arrested, Sticker said.