NOPD cop booked on counts of malfeasance, put on suspension

The New Orleans Police Department said Tuesday that Sgt. Ashish Shah has been placed on emergency suspension after he was arrested on two counts of malfeasance.

A release said the NOPD “was made aware in September of possible criminal behavior involving an off-duty detail.” The Public Integrity Bureau launched an investigation on Sept. 30.

The bureau arrested Shah on Tuesday on counts of filing or maintaining false public records and theft of goods valued at over $1,500.

Following the arrest, Shah was placed on emergency suspension.

He is a 17-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the 4th District in Algiers.

Man, 19, arrested in theft of vehicle with toddler inside

New Orleans police booked a 19-year-old man Monday in connection with a simple kidnapping and auto theft in late 2014.

Dejaun Gradley was already in jail on an unrelated probation violation.

On Nov. 27, Gradley allegedly got into a car, whose motor was running, at the Chevron gas station in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue. The driver of the vehicle had gone inside to pay for gas and left her 1-year-old daughter in the car about 10:30 a.m.

The car thief drove south on Franklin Avenue, and about 15 minutes later, the car was found by police at Touro and Hope streets. The child was unharmed, according to police.

Gradley was identified as a suspect through a Crimestoppers tip and evidence left in the car, police said.

The mother of the girl told police that he had been inside the Chevron convenience store with an unidentified woman. That woman is still at large, according to police.

Teenager says man with gun stole his cellphone, shoes

A 17-year-old man reported his cellphone and sneakers were stolen Tuesday morning in Algiers.

The victim said he was waiting for the bus at Kabel Drive and MacArthur Boulevard about 6:30 a.m. when a man with a gun came up to him.

The victim handed over his iPhone and Air Jordan sneakers before the robber fled.