Two men sought in Central City kidnapping

Police are searching for two men responsible for a carjacking and kidnapping of a child Wednesday night in Central City. The child was found safe in Treme a few minutes later.

The victim and a friend, who were in separate cars, pulled into a gas station in the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue about 10:30 p.m. so the victim could get gas, police said.

The victim left his keys in the ignition and his 2-year-old daughter inside his car while his friend stood by on the other side of a gas pump.

The victim went inside the store to pay for the gas when two unknown men drove into the parking lot in a red Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The driver of that vehicle got into the victim’s car and drove away.

The passenger in the PT Cruiser got into the driver’s seat of that vehicle and followed the stolen car, which still had the girl inside it.

Police said the victim and his friend tried to chase down the stolen car but lost sight of it.

About 10:45 p.m., someone saw the victim’s daughter walking on the sidewalk near St. Louis and Treme streets.

That person brought the child to the 1st District police station, where she was later reunited with her father.

The stolen vehicle is a black 2003 Infiniti G35 with Louisiana license plate XXM 725 and vehicle identification number JNKCV51E73M318490. A black or gray Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun was inside the car, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Three sought in two separate shootings

New Orleans police said Thursday they were searching for three men wanted in connection with two unrelated shootings.

Kevin Matthews, 24, and Keith Matthews, 26, are suspected of killing Lamont Lee.

Lee, 20, was shot about 6 p.m. June 16 in the 6800 block of West Coroner Court in New Orleans East.

Kevin Matthews is known to also go by Kevin Matthew or Kevin Mathieu, while Keith Matthews sometimes goes by Keith Matthew or Keith Mathieu, police said.

Anyone with information on either suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact homicide Detective Timothy Bender at (504) 658-5300.

Meanwhile, Rononeal “Ryan” Hickman, 32, is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old Rodney Johnson.

Johnson was shot about 1:50 p.m. May 21 in the 2800 block of Milan Street. He died later at Interim LSU Hospital.

Anyone with information on Hickman’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man sought in burglary of Uptown business

Police are searching for a man suspected in the burglary of an Uptown business.

Tory Thomas, 43, allegedly broke into the K&T Community Store, 3733 S. Claiborne Ave., from the roof on June 12 and stole 19 cartons of cigarettes and about $150 in coins.

Detectives identified him as a suspect through surveillance footage and after they found items left behind with his name on them.

Anyone with information on Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Robert Rigamer at (504) 658-6421 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Covington woman, 38, suspect in fraud case

A Covington woman was arrested June 20 on suspicion of using $55,000 in illegal food stamp benefits since 2008, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

Christine Kelley, 38, was booked on a felony theft warrant and accused of lying on her benefit application, Suzanne Carboni said. Kelley listed herself as divorced on her application and did not declare her husband’s income, Carboni said.

Investigation into the fraud was conducted by the Department of Children and Family Services, she said.

Police report armed robberies across town

New Orleans police are investigating the following armed robberies reported Thursday in an overnight crime log:

  • 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Louis and Royal streets, French Quarter. A taxicab driver picked up two men, including one who pulled out a gun and demanded money. The driver handed over his cash, and the unknown men fled in a small, tan SUV.
  • 10:39 a.m. Wednesday, in the 1600 block of Delachaise Street, Uptown. A man was approached from behind by an armed man who demanded the victim’s car keys. The victim handed over his keys, and the robber drove away in the victim’s green 2005 Acura MDX.
  • 9:29 p.m. Wednesday, in the 1100 block of Dante Street, Uptown. An armed man approached the victim, who was changing a flat tire, and demanded his money. The victim handed over his cash, and the suspect ran away.