Child cancer patient’s cash stolen, sheriff says

A Chalmette man was arrested after he allegedly stole about $100 in donations collected for a 3-year-old cancer patient.

Kevin Toups, 36, is suspected of stealing the money from a donation canister on a counter at a gas station at Paris Road and Judge Perez Drive. The money was taken about 1:30 a.m. Monday, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies found the empty canister on the ground near the store after the theft.

The money has not been recovered.

A benefit fund has been set up at Gulf Coast Bank in Chalmette to raise money for medical expenses for the girl.

Toups remained jailed Friday without bail.

Warrant obtained for suspect in girl’s assault

A warrant has been obtained for a 23-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl at gunpoint.

Andrew Hunter Jr., 23, is suspected of assaulting the girl about 5:45 a.m. Oct. 17 inside her home on Franklin Avenue.

Hunter forced the girl into a room where he bound her hands and assaulted her, police said. He then fled on foot.

A warrant has been issued for Hunter on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated assault with a firearm and false imprisonment.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two men, two teens booked in robbery

Two men and two teenagers have been arrested in a robbery this week on the edge of the French Quarter.

Raheim Dimes, 19, Abanobi Lawes, 18, and two juvenile females ages 16 and 15 are suspected of the crime that happened about 10 p.m. Wednesday at Canal and Burgundy streets.

The 46-year-old victim told police he was headed toward the Saenger Theatre when the four suspects approached him.

Lawes allegedly punched the victim in the face and knocked him to the ground, while Dimes repeatedly kicked him, police said.

The two girls rummaged through his pockets and took $65 in cash. The four then ran away toward Tulane Avenue.

The victim was not seriously injured, police said.

Detectives in the area saw the incident and chased the suspects to the 200 block of South Saratoga Street. The victim identified them as his assailants, police said.

One of the girls had a stun gun in her purse, police said.

Dimes and Lawes were booked with one count each of simple robbery, simple battery and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

The two juveniles were booked with one count each of simple robbery and simple battery.

Detectives believe the suspects are responsible for other similar robberies in the area and are continuing their investigation.

Torres home target of burglary, police say

Former trash magnate Sidney Torres IV is offering an $8,000 Crimestoppers reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of whoever broke into his Esplanade Avenue home.

Surveillance footage shows the unknown burglar driving up to the home in the 1000 block of Esplanade Avenue about 5:30 a.m. Dec. 10 and hopping over a locked gate.

He kicked in a door and took a 60-inch TV, which he is seen struggling to lift over an iron fence. A woman walked by at one point and actually helped him put the TV into his car.

He fled in a 1995 dark-colored Infiniti Q45, possibly stolen, bearing Texas license plate number RSP464.

Police described the burglar as a white man, about 5-foot-10, with tattoos on his wrist and neck.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police try to locate man in armed robbery case

Police are trying to find a man wanted in a recent armed robbery.

Laurent Portis, 21, is suspected in the robbery that happened about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 15 inside an apartment in the 7000 block of Lawrence Road in New Orleans East.

The victim invited Portis inside his apartment, where Portis produced a handgun and robbed the victim of his cash, cellphone and car keys but did not take his car, police said.

Anyone with information on Portis’ whereabouts is asked to contact 7th District detectives at (504) 658-6070.

Police probe robbery, burglary, carjacking

New Orleans police on Friday were investigating the following crimes reported on an overnight incident log:

Carjacking, 10 a.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of Bruxelles Street: A man and a woman were sitting inside a car when two men armed with guns walked up. They ordered the victims out of the car, demanded their belongings and fled in the victims’ vehicle.

Armed robbery, 1:10 a.m. Friday in the 3100 block of Palmyra Street: A 37-year-old man was walking when an unknown person walked up to him and demanded his money. The victim handed over his cash, and the robber ran away.

Aggravated burglary, 2 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Derbigny Street. A 68-year-old man had a friend come over. As she was leaving, two men forced their way inside. One demanded money, while the other searched a back room. Both men then ran out of the house.

Arabi men suspected of burglarizing cell towers

Two Arabi men are behind bars in Plaquemines Parish, accused of burglarizing several cell tower sites in the metro area and neighboring states.

Deputies were called about a possible burglary at a cell tower site in the 100 block of Keating Drive in Belle Chasse on Nov. 19 and saw a Ford F-250 with a trailer attached in a fenced-in area at the site. They found two men inside the fence: Chad Allen, 30, and Stephen Schule, 36.

Allen said he and Schule were contractors working to remove damaged batteries from the site, but the owner of the tower said the men did not have permission to be on the site or take the batteries, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The men were taken into custody and booked with simple burglary.

Allen said he worked as a subcontractor for different cellular providers for the past 10 years and had several keys and combination codes to different sites, Becnel said.

Allen was later rebooked with illegal possession of stolen things, Becnel said. He was released Nov. 25 on a $10,500 bond.

He has since been charged in Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes with similar crimes and is in the custody of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in lieu of a $40,000 bond.

Schule was released from Plaquemines Parish custody on Nov. 26 on a $7,000 bond and transferred to the custody of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he was booked on several burglary and theft charges. He was released Nov. 27 in lieu of a $35,000 bond.

Investigators believe the men are responsible for similar crimes in Texas and Alabama, Becnel said. Investigations in those states are ongoing.