Men carjacked after meeting woman
New Orleans police said two men were carjacked after they went to meet a women they had found on the social media site Tagged.
The victims met the woman in person about 4 a.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Monticello Street in the Lower 9th Ward.
The woman was sitting on the porch of a shotgun double when the victims pulled up to the home. At that point, three men walked out of the home and ordered the victims out of the car.
The men got into the victims’ 2010 Nissan Titan, with Louisiana license plate B680035, and drove away.
The woman ran away.
Additional arrests made in drug deal, shooting
Detectives have arrested two more people and are seeking three others in connection with a drug deal and shooting in the Oak Harbor section of Slidell, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.
Four suspects were arrested Wednesday.
The incident began when John Burdine, Terry Hall, Kelsey Schoenbeger, Hailey Gill and Philip Kitchen were gathered at a house on Cape Breton Drive. Jonathan Vines and Hall were at the house to sell marijuana to the others when arrangements were made for Jimmy Coyne, Donice Garrett and Byron Davis to come to the house, also to buy marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
When the three arrived, Coyne pulled out a gun and robbed Vines. A struggle ensued and Vines grabbed the gun. Davis then got out of the car with a gun of his own and was shot by Vines with Coyne’s gun. Hall also shot Davis in the melee, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Coyne, Garrett, Davis and Schoenbeger fled in a car but were soon stopped by a deputy. Davis was taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and is expected to be released in a few days.
Coyne, Schoenbeger, Garrett and Vines were all booked Wednesday on various counts.
Davis will be booked when he is released from the hospital on drug, armed robbery and aggravated assault counts.
Burdine will be booked on an obstruction of justice count for trying to clean up the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Kitchen will be booked on a possession with intent to distribute count. Gill is to be arrested by summons on possession of drugs and paraphernalia counts, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s contractor suspected of theft
A 43-year-old contract employee of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed that she collected more than $42,000 using phony invoices over an 18-month span, Sheriff Mike Tregre said.
Rachel Marie Bourgeois, of LaPlace, started transcription work on a contract basis for the Sheriff’s Office in June 2008.
A joint investigation with the Attorney General’s Office, which began in July, found that she allegedly altered invoices, doubled-billed the Sheriff’s Office for work and submitted fraudulent invoices, leading to her being paid multiple times.
Investigators believe Bourgeois illegally collected $42,534 from January 2013 until June 2014, though the total dollar figure is still being investigated, Tregre said.
Bourgeois was arrested Thursday and booked with theft by systematic practices, forgery, filing or maintaining false public records, and public payroll fraud. She was held on $200,000 bail.
Metairie man critical after van strikes him
A Metairie man was severely injured Thursday morning after he was struck by a vehicle in the 2700 block of Bainbridge Street in Kenner.
The 36-year-old pedestrian was struck about 8:30 a.m.
Kenner police said a 55-year-old man, who was not identified, was driving a 1988 Ford Econoline van south on Bainbridge when he became distracted.
The van drifted to the right and partially left the roadway, striking the victim as he walked along the curb.
The pedestrian’s injuries included several broken ribs, fractures to his face and a brain hemorrhage, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman. The pedestrian was in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.
The van was not insured and had several equipment violations, including an expired license plate, a switched license place registration sticker and a counterfeit brake tag.
The driver was taken to Ochsner Kenner for undisclosed medical reasons.
Criminal charges are pending, McGregor said.
Fourth suspect booked in Walgreens robbery
A man alleged to be the driver of a getaway car used in an armed robbery of a Chalmette pharmacy on Aug. 25 has been arrested on the West Bank.
John Wilson, 27, of Gretna, is the fourth person arrested in connection with the crime, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Wilson was booked with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the 4:30 a.m. robbery of the Walgreens at Judge Perez Drive and Paris Road.
Deputies previously arrested Leonard Gibson, 43, and Ben Amos, 27, the suspected robbers. They later arrested Quintina “Peaches” Harris, 30, an employee of the store who is suspected of helping to plan the robbery.
The three are being held on the same counts of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
Wilson was being held without bail Thursday pending an appearance before a judge.