Fla. man found guilty in N.O. federal court
A Florida man arrested in Mandeville on gun charges in 2013 was convicted Wednesday in New Orleans.
A jury found Jaime Jauregui, 36, of Orlando, guilty of violating the Gun Control and National Firearms Acts and possession of unregistered firearms after a 2 1/2-day trial at the federal courthouse in New Orleans.
Federal agents received information in January 2012 that Jauregui was interested in obtaining assault rifles, hand grenades and other similar items to be smuggled to Mexico, according to court documents.
He met with an undercover agent in St. Tammany Parish at least four times between January 2012 and March 2013 to negotiate the purchases, according to court documents. He provided a cash deposit of about $46,000 during one of the meetings.
Jauregui hired Carlos Cabrera, Francisco Maldonado and Ruben Jauregui to help him smuggle the items. None of the men have federal firearms or export licenses; all have previously pleaded guilty.
U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey is scheduled to sentence Jaime Jauregui on Jan. 27.
He faces a maximum five-year prison term for the Gun Control and National Firearms Acts violations and a maximum of 10 years on the unregistered firearms charges.
N.O. police investigate two armed robberies
New Orleans police on Wednesday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:
3:49 p.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of Gentilly Boulevard: A man tried to leave a Rite Aid store without paying for two bottles of alcohol. A security guard confronted him, but the man pulled out a knife and left with the bottles.
4:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Horace Street in Algiers: Four men with guns attacked a 48-year-old victim and robbed him. The victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
Police seek man in Oct. 10 stabbing
Police are searching for a man suspected of stabbing a man in the neck, shoulder and chest during an argument.
The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the 1400 block of North Claiborne Avenue.
Errol Toney and the 49-year-old victim were arguing when Toney allegedly grabbed an unknown object and stabbed the victim, police said. The victim underwent surgery at a hospital.
Police issued a warrant for Toney on a charge of aggravated second-degree battery.
He is known to frequent Bourbon Street as a shoe shiner, police said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact 1st District detectives at (504) 685-6010.
Police seek alleged headphones thief
Police are looking for a man suspected of pulling a gun on a delivery truck driver after stealing his headphones.
A little after 2 p.m. Friday, the victim parked his truck in the 1600 block of Newton Street in Algiers to drop off a package.
The victim walked into a store to deliver a package and said he saw Kelan Mosley walk inside briefly before walking out again.
When the driver returned to his truck, he found his cellphone and headphones were missing, police said.
The victim saw Mosley and two other men walking away. The victim told police his headphones were in Mosley’s back pocket.
When he confronted Mosley, he said, Mosley pulled out a gun and said he did not have the headphones.
The victim then watched Mosley and the other two men walk north on Hendee Street toward Opelousas Avenue.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mosley or the other men is asked to contact Detective Jeff Wellborn at (504) 658-6040.
Suspected Walgreens shoplifter is sought
Police are trying to identify and locate a man suspected of stealing body wash from a St. Charles Avenue drugstore.
The unknown man walked into the Walgreens in the 1800 block of St. Charles about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He took an unknown number of Dove Men+Care body washes and walked out of the store without paying for them, police said. He was last seen headed north on Felicity Street.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective Martin Smith at (504) 685-6060.
Covington-area man suspected in arson
A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to put out a fire, then track down the alleged arsonist and arrest him, all on Tuesday night.
According to a news release, Deputy Kenneth Szalajeski responded to a call reporting a residential fire on Jefferson Avenue near Covington.
When Szalajeski arrived at the address, he could see flames within the house and a man standing in the doorway. As the deputy walked toward the house, the man ran. Szalajeski grabbed a fire extinguisher and was able to douse the flames before pursuing the man down Jefferson Avenue.
Szalajeski caught up to him at a nearby house and noticed the man, later identified as Adam Heap, of Covington, was out of breath and appeared to have white spray paint on his hands and mouth, according to the release.
Fire District 12 personnel had also arrived and determined the fire was the result of an arson, with lighter fluid and a can of white spray paint found near the fire. Two other small fires in the house were located and extinguished by firefighters.
Heap was booked on counts of simple arson, simple burglary and resisting an officer.
No one was in the home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.
Man, 22, shot in foot in New Orleans East
A 22-year-old man was shot in the foot Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans East, police said.
The shooting was reported about 5 p.m. in the 8700 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
The victim was being treated at a hospital. No other details were immediately available.
Plaquemines detectives book two in burglaries
Two St. Bernard Parish men have been arrested in Plaquemines Parish on suspicion of burglarizing Hurricane Isaac-damaged homes on the east bank of the parish.
Percill Bienemy, 37, and Lance Espadron, 36, both of Violet, each were recently booked with two counts of simple burglary.
Espadron allegedly confessed that he and Bienemy committed the crimes to support heroin addictions.
The burglary was reported Sept. 10 in the 1400 block of La. 39 in Braithwaite. The home was being renovated to repair post-storm damage, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The victim said that someone had stolen a window air conditioner and tried to steal copper wiring from inside the walls, which damaged the water lines, on Sept. 8.
The burglars returned two days later and stole electrical wiring and copper pipes that had been installed, Becnel said.
Investigators were able to find that the same day Bienemy sold electrical wiring, copper and other items at a St. Bernard scrap yard.
Bienemy was arrested Sept. 17 on a warrant for simple burglary.
During questioning he identified an accomplice he said he knew only as “Yellow.” Detectives were able to identify “Yellow” as Espadron.
Espadron was found to have gone with Bienemy to the scrap yard when the stolen property was sold, Becnel said.
Espadron was booked in Plaquemines on Oct. 20 on two counts of simple burglary. He was arrested Oct. 15 in St. Bernard on the warrant from Plaquemines.
During questioning, he allegedly admitted to going into the victim’s home twice, on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10, and stealing items the second time, Becnel said.
He said he and Bienemy sold the items for $30, adding that the two have a $50-a-day heroin addiction.
Belle Chasse man gets 40 years for sex crimes
A 51-year-old Belle Chasse man was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was found guilty of sex charges involving children, the Plaquemines Parish District Attorney’s Office said.
William Cox was found guilty Aug. 14 of various charges including two counts of oral sexual battery, two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and three counts of molestation of a juvenile.
The crimes took place between 1987 and 2005 and involved four victims younger than the age of 13.
Kenner police seek man in robbery, beating
Kenner police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected in a robbery and beating.
The unknown man robbed the International Food Store, 3200 Georgia Ave., about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Police Department spokesman.
During the robbery, the man also beat the 45-year-old cashier with his fists and a liquor bottle. After beating her, he demanded money from her.
The unknown robber was seen fleeing from the store on a bicycle headed east on 32nd Street.
The victim had a broken nose, cuts and bruises. She was treated at a hospital, McGregor said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Lashonda Woodfork at (504) 712-2315 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.