Man found shot behind building in N.O. East

A man was found shot to death Friday morning behind a New Orleans East building, police said.

The 24-year-old victim, whose name was not immediately available, was found about 8 a.m. in the 4600 block of Downman Road, said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.

The victim died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Williams said.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Homicide detective Theo Kent is in charge of the investigation.

Man climbs in window, beats, robs woman

A man climbed into a woman’s Broadmoor home early Friday morning and beat her before making off with some of her belongings, New Orleans police said.

The man got into the home in the 7000 block of Colapissa Street about 12:20 a.m.

Once inside, the man, described as a former friend, beat the 27-year-old victim before leaving with her cellphone and keys.

N.O. police investigate two armed robberies

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

9:23 a.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Touro Street. The 31-year-old victim was working inside a building when a man walked in and demanded his money and cellphone. The robber left after the victim handed over his belongings.

7:41 p.m. Thursday at State and Willow streets. An unknown man walked up to two 19-year-old victims, both Tulane University students, and demanded their purses. The victims handed them over, and the man ran away. Tulane police described the robber as a black man, about 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds. He wore a black short-sleeve shirt, pants and a black sheer mask over his face.

Man, 25, cut trying to escape unknown robber

A man escaped being robbed Thursday but was cut in the process, New Orleans police said.

An unknown man approached the 25-year-old victim about 4:45 p.m. at St. Philip and North Roman streets in the 6th Ward and demanded he empty his pockets.

The victim refused, police said, and the would-be robber lunged at him.

The victim was cut and treated at a hospital, police said.

Two arrested in Jeff rape, kidnapping case

Two men are behind bars in Jefferson Parish in connection with a kidnapping and rape of a woman earlier this year.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the men as Oscar Bonilla Vayecillo, 30, and Raul Montoya, 36.

The 28-year-old victim told detectives she and a friend had several drinks at a daiquiri bar in New Orleans on March 15. She said she thought one of her drinks may have been drugged since she did not remember leaving the bar, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The victim woke up the next morning in a bed at her ex-boyfriend’s apartment in the 4100 block of Rye Street in Metairie. A man she knew as Raul was next to her, she told investigators.

Her clothes were disheveled and she could not find her underwear or shoes, she said. She also was covered with bruises.

She asked Raul and another man at the apartment to drive her to a friend’s house before she underwent a rape examination later in the day, Fortunato said.

On July 8, results came back showing DNA evidence that tied Bonilla to the crime, Fortunato said.

The victim and her friend who was with her at the daiquiri bar said Bonilla was standing near their table the bar.

A U.S. Marshals Service task force picked up Bonilla at a home in Georgia on Sept. 3 for extradition.

Montoya was later identified as the other suspect in the case. He said he was in the bar March 15 and took the victim to his apartment.

However, he said, he did not know how she wound up in his bed. He told detectives that he assumed Bonilla put her there while he slept.

Bonilla was booked with simple rape and second-degree kidnapping. Montoya was booked with second-degree kidnapping.

Police try to identify ‘body wash bandit’

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying a man wanted in connection with a theft from a St. Charles Avenue drug store.

The unknown man, whom police released surveillance images of Thursday, stole about 25 bottles of body wash products from the Rite Aid at 3401 St. Charles Ave. about 7 p.m. Thursday.

He fled on a red scooter driven by an unknown man.

Sixth District detective Martin Smith is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6060.

Police seek ID of man in dollar-store thefts

Police are trying to identify a man in connection with a theft this week at a Family Dollar store.

The unknown man, whose photo was released Thursday, stole multiple bars of soap from the store at 2147 S. Claiborne Ave. about noon Monday, police said.

He returned about 11 a.m. Thursday and put several items in a bag.

He tried to leave without paying but was confronted by the manager. The man then fled, running toward Jackson Avenue.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to contact 6th District detective Martin Smith at (504) 658-6060.

Police seek identity of man in robbery of store

New Orleans police are trying to identify and locate a man they say robbed a River Garden game store.

The unknown man walked into the Game Stop at 502 St. Andrew St. about 11 a.m. Tuesday and took several items from a display while an employee helped another customer.

Police released an image of the unknown man Friday.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 6th District detective Martin Smith at (504) 658-6060.

Suspects’ IDs sought in Metairie car wash thefts

Jefferson Parish detectives are trying to identify several people in connection with recent thefts at a Metairie car wash.

Surveillance cameras recorded the unknown people stealing money from change machines at the business at 3013 David Drive.

Thefts were reported Sept. 7, 10, 14 and 16 during the early morning hours. Detectives believe about $3,000 was stolen in all.

The people fled on separate occasions in a 1990s Ford Taurus and an early 2000s Pontiac Grand Am.

Anyone with information about the identities of the thieves is asked to contact Detective Todd Giacona at (504) 364–5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two wounded in double shooting in Algiers

Gunfire wounded two men Friday night in Algiers, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened about 7:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Southlawn Boulevard, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

The victims, ages 23 and 24, were both shot in the leg. Their injuries were not serious, Robertson said.

No other details were immediately available.

Man, car sought in recent home invasion

Police are searching for a man and a car in connection with a home invasion in the River Garden neighborhood.

The 68-year-old victim answered his door about 9:50 p.m. Sept. 8 and saw an unknown man on his porch. The man pulled out a gun and forced his way inside, police said.

Once in the home, the man demanded the victim’s money. He fled with the victim’s wallet and $20.

The intruder is described as a black man about 5-foot-7. He wore a black hooded shirt and blue jeans and drove a white two- or four-door Mazda, police said.

Sixth District detective Walter Edmond is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6060.

Man makes off with cash from uniform store

A man broke into a New Orleans East uniform store and made off with cash, police said.

The unknown man broke into Global Uniforms, 7054 Read Blvd., about 10 p.m. Thursday by smashing a glass window.

Once inside, police said, he took cash from the register and fled.

Seventh District Detective Donald Sharp is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 658-6070.