UNO put on lockdown during police pursuit
University of New Orleans police put the campus on lockdown for about two hours Thursday as authorities pursued an alleged car thief who was believed to be on the campus.
Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day.
As a precaution, Ben Franklin High School, which is on UNO’s campus, was also locked down as the police pursued the unidentified man, believed to have stolen a car.
That lockdown was lifted early Thursday afternoon, officials said, and UNO police said the college campus also was safe for students, faculty and staff to move about.
Officers had spotted an SUV about 11:30 a.m. that was believed to be tied to a series of burglaries in Lake Vista and Lakeview, according to New Orleans police. As officers approached the vehicle, the two men in it fled, one on foot and one in the vehicle, which he later abandoned in a UNO parking lot.
UNO police said they shut down a dormitory, Pontchartrain Hall, due to the pursuit. The university sent out an emergency notice before noon telling people on campus to shelter in place and other students or staff to stay home.
The suspect who fled on foot was arrested and was being questioned.
The vehicle the pair were driving had been reported stolen in Jefferson Parish.
Man booked in two attempted murders
New Orleans police on Wednesday booked a 23-year-old man with an extensive criminal history on two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Police said Byron Coleman shot two men Dec. 3 at Gen. Taylor and South Roman streets.
The victims were sitting in their car when a man, whom one of the victims knew as “Black,” started talking to them, according to an arrest warrant filed by the NOPD. After about five minutes, “Black” allegedly fired into the car, striking one of the men several times and the other once in the lower left leg.
The victims were able to get themselves to the hospital, where a detective questioned them. One of the men said he didn’t know the assailant’s name but could get a photo of him of Instagram.
After the photo was distributed to the media, a citizen helped identify “Black” as Byron Coleman, police said.
Coleman, who was arrested Tuesday, had been on parole for earlier weapons and drug charges. His bail has been set at $700,000.
Man arrested in string of Subway robberies
After a string of eight robberies at Subway sandwich shops, New Orleans police Wednesday arrested a man suspected of committing them.
Reginald Wilson allegedly started his crime spree Dec. 29 and continued until late last week. He allegedly robbed several of the Subways twice, and in all the incidents he either brandished a weapon or claimed to have one.
Wilson was arrested Wednesday in Franklinton and extradited to New Orleans, where he was booked on four counts of armed robbery.
3 armed men ransack, rob home in Mid-City
Three men with guns knocked on a 34-year-old man’s door in the 500 block of South Alexander Street about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday asking for the man’s brother.
They then ransacked the bedroom and made off with a number of items, police said.
Woman mugged in New Orleans East
A 60-year-old woman was robbed about 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chef Menteur Highway and Dale Street in New Orleans East.
A man with a handgun demanded her property, and she complied.
Man, 20, arrested in robbery, carjacking
A 20-year-old man was arrested after robbing four people in Faubourg Marigny on Wednesday night, police said.
Jonathan Roberts allegedly came up to two men and two women at Royal and Touro streets about 8:30 p.m. armed with a handgun.
He took a wallet and a purse and then left in a black truck, police said.
Detectives were able to use a stolen cellphone to track the truck to the 6300 block of Chartres Street, where they arrested Roberts.
They said the truck was stolen in an armed carjacking in Slidell on Monday.
Roberts allegedly confessed to the Wednesday robbery and the Slidell carjacking.
Police seek teenager in Algiers robbery
Police are looking for a man in connection with an armed robbery in mid-December. They are also trying to identify two other men involved in the same armed robbery, which occurred Dec. 14 in the 1400 block of Elizardi Street.
Curon Hunter, 19, and two accomplices allegedly pulled a 55-year-old man from his car and beat him, then stole his wallet and truck. The vehicle was recovered.
Man drops gun as cops question him
Dominique Mullens, 26, and Victor Lindsay, 32, were arrested on possession of marijuana and Mullens also was booked on being a felon in possession of a firearm, New Orleans police said.
About 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers said, they saw a car run through a stop sign at Belleville and Lamarque streets in Algiers. When they pulled it over, they smelled marijuana smoke coming from the car.
When they ordered Mullens and Lindsay out of the car, a loaded .380-caliber pistol fell to the ground from Mullens’ waistband, police said. A bag of marijuana was found in the car.
Man recognized from wanted poster jailed
An officer who recognized a suspect from a poster in the district police office apprehended him on gun and drug charges.
About 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Leon Noil, 36, was standing on the balcony of an apartment in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive in Algiers. The officer recognized Noil, who is wanted on several warrants in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, and tried to question him.
Noil fled but was found later in an abandoned apartment. A stolen .380-caliber pistol and two bags of marijuana were found nearby.
Noil was booked on being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics and possession of a stolen firearm.