Five arrested in burglary and ID theft
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday nabbed five people — four men and a woman, all from Florida — suspected of breaking into vehicles parked outside day care centers and health clubs.
Sheriff Newell Normand said Wednesday that the five targeted those spots because drivers tend to leave personal belongings in their cars when they pick up their kids or work out.
Normand said the smash-and-grabs happened in the last four days and that the crew would likely be connected to other crimes.
“Once this gets out on the news and a little bit more known, we’re probably going to get calls from other smaller areas along the I-10 corridor,” Normand said.
The suspects arrested were Talena Marie Stanford, 25; Travis Ward, 25; Markeivis Walker, 24; Nosayaba Okunseri, 29; and Shadarryl Lawrence, 26.
The sheriff said deputies caught up with the group because of a stolen license plate on a rental car they brought from Florida. When one suspect tried to cash two bad checks at a Whitney Bank on Monday, a suspicious employee snapped a photo of the license plate, which the Sheriff’s Office later identified as stolen.
Then, after the same license plate turned up again, deputies swooped in. A short chase ended when the suspects’ car crashed into a wooden fence.
Investigators said they found a small amount of marijuana and numerous stolen items, including cellphones, drivers’ licenses, credit cards and checkbooks.
Judges sentences man on child porn counts
A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a New Orleans man to 10 years in prison for viewing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced.
Jeremy Reason, 34, has been in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons on a 2008 conviction for possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Reason was in a halfway house when authorities arrested him in April 2013.
Federal officials brought this case as part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a nationwide effort that started in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Police search for man in restaurant assault
The NOPD is looking for a man wanted in connection with an aggravated assault at a Burger King at 2727 Canal St.
Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, employees woke up the man, who was asleep at a table, according to police. Angered, he tried to hit the employees with a dust pan before leaving.
He later returned screaming profanities and showed a handgun before fleeing.
He was described as a black man with a light complexion, about 6-foot-2 with a thin build, green or blue eyes and short curly hair.
Police investigating three robberies
Police are investigating three armed robberies that happened Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The first occurred about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, when a 55-year-old woman was about to enter her house in the 600 block of Spain Street in Gentilly when a man with a gun stopped her and demanded money, police said.
The victim gave him $600 and the man fled.
About 11 p.m, police said, a 25-year-old woman was walking to her apartment in the 5100 block of Bundy Road in New Orleans East when a man with a gun came up behind her.
The victim handed the man her belongings, and he fled.
About 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the owner of Habibi Grocery in the 9500 block of Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East was leaving the business when a man opened his car door and pushed a gun into his side, police said.
The man got away with $2,200 in cash.
Woman pleads guilty in bail bonds fraud
A New Orleans woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced.
Nicole Carrie, 36, who had been a licensed bail bondswoman since 2004, permitted her name, license and contracts with an insurance company to be used in the operation of an illegal bail bonding business at 538 S. Broad St., according to Polite.
Carrie will be sentenced in May. She faces a maximum of five years in prison.
Carjacking reported near City Park
A man and a woman, both 24 years old, were sitting in a car in the 1200 block of Granada Drive about 7 p.m. Wednesday when two armed men demanded their cellphones and told them to get out of the vehicle, according to police.
The suspects then fled with the phones and the car.
Suspect in Subway stickups still at large
A man suspected of robbing two Subway locations is on the loose, according to police.
On Jan. 11, the suspect, clad in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans with designs on the back and white tennis shoes, entered the Subway in the 2700 block of South Claiborne Avenue. Implying he had a gun, he demanded money from the register. The employees placed cash in a clear plastic Subway bag and gave it to the robber.
Two days later, who police believe to be the same man entered a Subway at 1135 N. Broad St., again implying he had a gun. The cashier again complied.
The 1st and 6th District Investigative Units are in charge of the investigations and can be reached at (504) 658-6010 or (504) 658-6060.
2 treated at hospital after being stabbed
Three women became involved in a physical altercation in the 1900 block of Hope Street in the 7th Ward early Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said.
Lashell Taylor, 28, used a pair of scissors to cut the victims, ages 21 and 27, police said. Both victims received treatment at a hospital.
NOPD searching for loose-change thieves
The NOPD is searching for two men wanted for auto burglary in an incident that took place Jan. 6 in the 5800 block of Bancroft Drive near Bayou St. John.
About 12:45 a.m., the pair drove up in a white SUV. One of them got out of the vehicle with a firearm. He then entered an unlocked vehicle, took some loose change along with a key and returned to the white SUV, according to police.
The two then drove away.
Aggravated rape reported in N.O. East
A woman was sexually assaulted about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway, according to police.
Both the identity of the victim and the identity of the suspect are being withheld by police.