New Orleans police on Monday were investigating two home invasions and a rash of armed robberies over the Easter weekend.
The first home invasion happened about 4 p.m. Friday in the 2000 block of Broadway. According to police records, a resident of the home walked outside to find two men on his doorstep. One of them brandished a shotgun and ordered him and other residents to lie on a couch. The suspects then scoured the residence for narcotics before eventually leaving without taking any property, police said. The victims were not harmed.
The incident was one of a spate of burglaries reported recently in the Uptown area. Last week, police arrested two men in connection with four different break-ins.
Police investigated a second home invasion Sunday, this time in Bywater.
The victims said the incident began when a man knocked on the door of their home in the 600 block of Independence Street about noon.
Kevin Lamerson, whom one of the victims knew only as “Tootie,” was let inside and pulled out a gun, according to an arrest report.
“This is a shakedown,” Lamerson, 25, allegedly told the woman who answered the door. He then ordered her to sit in a chair and taped her mouth shut, police said.
A moment later, the woman’s boyfriend walked into the home, and Lamerson ordered him to sit on a chair next to his girlfriend.
“Where’s my money?” Lamerson said.
“I don’t have any money here,” the male victim said.
When a friend of the victims happened to knock on the door, Lamerson let him in, then ordered the first male victim to tape up his friend’s hands.
Lamerson then told the first male victim to leave and get some money, according to the arrest report.
A few minutes later, there was another knock on the door. “This is the police,” a voice said. “Please open the door.”
Lamerson moved his two captives to a back bedroom and told them to keep quiet, then climbed out a window, according to the arrest report.
The officers were able to make their way into the home and found the victims in the bedroom. The man and woman told them Lamerson had escaped, and the officers began a search of the neighborhood.
They found a man matching Lamerson’s description in the 600 block of Gallier Street, two blocks away, and took him into custody.
He was booked with two counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of aggravated kidnapping and possession of marijuana. He remained jailed Monday in lieu of $250,000 bail.
There were also six armed robberies between Saturday and Monday morning, according to Police Department records.
The first happened about 3 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Jackson Avenue. Police were not able to provide any details about the incident.
The other three occurred late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning in a small area of New Orleans East.
Police said that at 11:59 p.m., two armed men approached a 49-year-old man in his driveway in the 4800 block of Hickerson Street and demanded his money, which he gave to them.
A minute or two later, another armed robbery was reported less than two blocks away.
A 31-year-old man was in his carport in the 4900 block of Marque Drive when two gunmen attempted to rob him. He fled inside, and the suspects left.
A similar armed robbery happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 9100 block of Tilford Road. The victim said she was dropping off her father when she was approached by two gunmen who demanded the victims hand over their property. They refused, and the suspects fled.
Police reported two more armed robberies early Monday morning.
The first happened slightly after midnight at Sixth and Annunciation streets. According to police records, a woman and a man were getting out of a vehicle when two men pointed handguns at her and demanded her keys.
The woman threw her keys on the ground and the men fled in her 2002 blue Toyota Highlander, with Louisiana license plate TJA159.
About 2:20 a.m., police said, a 49-year-old man was pushed to the ground by an unknown attacker in the 6300 block of St. Roch Avenue. The suspect pressed a gun against the victim’s neck before taking his wallet.