N.O. teen found dead in front of home in Harvey

A New Orleans teenager was found dead Sunday night in Harvey with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers arrived at an abandoned home in the 1200 block of Angus Drive about 9 p.m. and found the victim lying in a driveway, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The office identified the victim as Maurcell Mitchell, 16.

A warrant has been issued for Terrance Hudson, 18, in connection with the death. Hudson was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators did not identify a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information on Hudson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect in fatal punch surrenders to police

A man suspected of delivering a punch that proved fatal for another man has been arrested.

Robert Bennett, 41, surrendered with his attorney Sunday at police headquarters and was booked with manslaughter, police said.

Bennett is accused of punching 58-year-old Paul Eckels during a fight about 1:15 a.m. Sept. 14 in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Bennett allegedly punched Eckels in the face, knocking him unconscious.

He was treated for a broken jaw, and Bennett was booked with aggravated battery that night.

Eckels died three days later. The coroner ruled his death a homicide, saying he died as a result of the injury.

Bennett was out of jail Monday on a $40,000 bond, according to court records.

Homicide Detective Amy Robinson is in charge of the investigation.

Man killed in predawn crash on Tchoupitoulas

A man died early Monday morning in a crash on Tchoupitoulas Street.

Police seek three in string of robberies

New Orleans police are trying to identify three men wanted in connection with several armed robberies in and near the French Quarter.

The men are suspected in these incidents:

11 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 1200 block of Bourbon Street: The victims, ages 26 and 27, were walking when two men demanded their purses.

1 a.m. Dec. 3 at North Rampart and Mandeville streets: A man walked up to the victims, ages 22 and 26, and demanded their wallets.

9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the 500 block of Dauphine Street: A 51-year-old woman was walking when two men approached her and demanded her belongings. When she told the men she had nothing, one struck her in the head with a gun.

5 a.m. Dec. 7 in the 500 block of St. Philip Street: The victims, ages 29, 30 and 32, were walking in the area when three men demanded their belongings. Two of the victims handed over their wallets and cellphones.

Police on Monday released sketches of the unknown men.

Anyone with information on any of their identities is asked to contact an 8th District detective at (504) 658-6080.

The unnamed man, 53, was a passenger in a Chevrolet truck driven by 29-year-old Isaac Nelson, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

Police said Nelson lost control of the truck about 3 a.m. and struck a parked car in the 2800 block of Tchoupitoulas. The truck flipped on its side, and the passenger died at the scene, the NOPD said.

Nelson was booked with vehicular homicide.

JP authorities seek two in use of stolen card

Jefferson Parish authorities are searching for a man suspected of stealing a woman’s credit card and using it at the Wal-Mart in Harahan and another store.

The victim left her car open about 11 a.m. Nov. 28 while at a friend’s home in the 400 block of Giuffrias Avenue in Metairie.

A man was seen on a neighbor’s surveillance video walking up to the car and taking items from inside it, including a credit card, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was then seen at the Wal-Mart with a woman and child. He made a purchase using the card. All three then were seen getting into the woman’s Pontiac G6 or G8.

About 45 minutes later, the man, driving a silver Chevrolet Impala like he was seen driving during the theft on Giuffrias Avenue, made a purchase with the victim’s card at the Discount Zone at 4457 W. Metairie Ave.

Anyone with information on either person’s identity is asked to contact burglary Detective Rebecca Macaluso at (504) 364-5300.

Police seek help in finding man in shooting

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with an aggravated assault.

Police suspect Freddie Williams, 32, fired on his 35-year-old brother during an argument at their home in the 1600 block of Dublin Street about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Williams allegedly fired at his brother three times before leaving in a gray Lexus, police said.

His brother was not injured.

Anyone with information on Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Buras man suspected in shooting, sheriff says

A Buras man is behind bars in Plaquemines Parish, suspected in a shooting.

Clay Joseph Fisher, 20, was booked with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated criminal damage, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a stolen firearm, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 34700 block of La. 23. No one was injured.

Fisher was taken into custody about 30 minutes later, Becnel said. Investigators found a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun in a wooded area near his home. They believe he hid the gun there after the shooting.

Fisher was booked with possession of a stolen firearm after investigators learned the shotgun had been stolen early last month from a shed in Buras.

While searching the wooded area, detectives also found a Remington .270 rifle that had been reported stolen in Lafourche Parish in April 2011.

In Sunday’s shooting, the 22-year-old victim said Fisher walked up to him while he was leaving a relative’s home and shot at him twice with a shotgun.

During the investigation, Fisher’s 17-year-old girlfriend told detectives that the occupant of a vehicle outside the home had fired a gun at Fisher and that he did not shoot back. She later said she had lied and that only Fisher shot a weapon. She was arrested for criminal mischief, by providing a false statement to deputies, and was released on a misdemeanor summons.

Fisher remained jailed Monday without bail.

Three men rape woman inside Uptown home

A woman was gang-raped early Sunday in Uptown, according to an overnight police log.

The victim was sexually assaulted by three men in the 4000 block of Annunciation Street about 5 a.m.

No other details were immediately available.

N.O. police investigate three shootings

New Orleans police on Monday were investigating the following shootings reported on an overnight crime log:

12:42 p.m. Sunday at Almonaster Avenue and North Tonti Street: The victim heard two or three shots and realized he’d been hit. He was treated at a hospital.

10:24 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Danneel Street: Police found the 25-year-old victim on the ground with a gunshot wound.

1:02 a.m. Monday at Interstate 10 and Morrison Road: The victims were driving eastbound on the interstate when someone in a vehicle behind them opened fire. The victims pulled off the highway, and the other car followed. More shots were fired, and a 21-year-old man inside the first car was hit.

N.O. police investigate two armed robberies

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

6:18 p.m. Monday in the 13600 block of North Lemans Street: The victim was getting out of his car when three men walked up. They demanded his money and car keys.

6:26 p.m. Monday in the 14100 block of Dwyer Boulevard: Three men who wore Halloween masks walked up to the victim and demanded his car.