Woman killed in Tuesday crash identified
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the woman who police said was killed Tuesday by a drunk driver on Canal Street.
Brenda Gayton, 52, died of blunt-force trauma from the crash at Canal and North Gayoso streets.
Police allege that 48-year-old Brian Gray was driving his Ford Escape with a blood-alcohol content of .172, more than twice the legal limit of .08, when he struck and killed Gayton about 3:10 p.m.
Gray has been booked on vehicular homicide and hit-and-run driving. A judge ordered him held on $400,000 bail on Wednesday, according to court records, and he remained in jail on Thursday.
Woman booked in Quarter hit-and-run
State Police said Thursday they had booked a Slidell woman in connection with a hit-and-run incident in the French Quarter that injured two pedestrians and ended after a short car chase.
Trooper Melissa Matey said the incident began shortly after midnight on Thursday. Troopers said they saw Michele Young, 35, driving a Saturn sedan at a fast speed the wrong way down Bourbon Street. The car struck two pedestrians at St. Louis Street, police said, then continued on Bourbon before taking a left onto Conti Street, a right onto Chartres Street against traffic and a right onto Iberville Street against traffic.
Matey said a state trooper then used a “push bumper” on the front of his vehicle to disable Young’s Saturn, causing both vehicles minimal damage.
Both pedestrians were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.
Young was booked on hit-and-run driving, negligent injuring, reckless operation, flight from an officer, traveling against traffic, having no license plate, driving on a suspended license and failure to yield.
Young remained in the Orleans Parish jail Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Rapes reported in N.O. East, French Quarter
New Orleans police said the rape of a 15-year-old girl was reported about 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hidden Lakes apartment complex on Martin Drive in New Orleans East. Police gave no further details in an offense log.
Police reported another rape in the 400 block of Bourbon Street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The victim was a 19-year-old woman.
Man shot in thigh, hand on Canal Street in CBD
An 18-year-old man was shot late Wednesday night on Canal Street in the Central Business District, police said.
The man was walking in the 1000 block of Canal Street about 11:45 p.m. when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot in the thigh and hand, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Juan Barnes said.
The victim told officers that he ran to a hospital.
Carjackings reported in N.O. East, Gentilly
New Orleans police said they arrested four teens after a carjacking and chase that happened in New Orleans East late Wednesday night. They recorded another carjacking about the same time in Gentilly.
Police said they arrested Louis Lebanks, 17, and boys aged 14, 15 and 16 who held up a 77-year-old woman as she got out of her Chevrolet HHR in the 6400 block of Fitzhenry Court about 11 p.m. and drove away in her vehicle. She was not injured.
Officers spotted the vehicle speeding down Chef Menteur Highway, police said, and pursued it until it crashed in the 7700 block of Dwyer Road.
The victim identified Lebanks as the one who pointed the gun at her, police said. He was booked on counts of carjacking and resisting an officer, as were the three juveniles. Lebanks’ bail was set at $55,000.
Police also said a 40-year-old woman was carjacked in the 3000 block of Frenchmen Street about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. The victim was sitting in her black 2006 Honda Pilot when two men, one of them with a silver handgun, forced her out and took off in the vehicle.
2 booked on pimping, video voyeurism
A Memphis, Tennessee, man was arrested and accused of pimping his girlfriend on Friday after a joint State Police-FBI operation, and a Slidell man was booked on video voyeurism the next day after police alleged he used an “upskirt” camera to film unsuspecting women in the French Quarter, according to Orleans Parish Criminal District Court records.
Troopers wrote in an arrest report that the investigation into the prostitution case began when an FBI agent saw an advertisement on the classified website Backpage.com for an adult escort. The agent arranged a rendezvous with 22-year-old Yeisha Russell at a Loyola Avenue hotel for 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Troopers allege that Russell proposed a $200-an-hour rate for sex. Once the negotiation was complete, police said, FBI agents entered the hotel room and arrested Russell on a prostitution count.
Troopers said Russell told them her boyfriend, 25-year-old Oscar Woods, had brought her from Tennessee to New Orleans to work as a prostitute during Mardi Gras.
Police said they found Woods outside the hotel, sitting in a car with the engine running. They said he told them he was “waiting for (Russell) to finish in the hotel.”
Woods allowed police to search his iPhone, they stated, and text messages confirming the prostitution arrangement were discovered.
A judge set Woods’ bail at $5,000 Saturday, according to court records, and he has since bonded out.
Troopers said they booked Randy Condon, 32, of Slidell under the state’s new video voyeurism law after an incident Saturday in front of Pat O’Brien’s bar in which he used a hidden “upskirt” camera to film passing women.
Police said a young man flagged them down about 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of St. Peter Street to tell them he had seen a man wearing a green vest “taking a big cup and stick (it) up several females’ skirts.” Troopers approached Condon, who claimed that he knew the women he was walking behind, according to an arrest report.
The women told troopers they did not know Condon. While patting Condon down, troopers said, they discovered “a video lens sticking out of the mug that he was carrying.” Condon’s camera and cellphone were seized as evidence, according to the arrest report.
Condon was released on his own recognizance Monday by Criminal District Court Judge Benedict Willard, according to court records. His next court date is March 7.