Man, 20, gunned down behind N.O. East home

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot Monday evening in New Orleans East, police said.

The body of Lamont Lee was found about 6 p.m. behind a home in the 6800 block of West Coronet Court, authorities said.

Lee died from a gunshot wound to his head, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Homicide Detective Timothy Bender is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Gretna police arrest two suspected in fraud case

Two people suspected of creating and using fake checks across the metro area were arrested Monday in Gretna.

Authorities had been searching for Harold James, 53, and Shanta Jackson, 32, since May after they began an investigation into forgery claims in Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, said Gretna Police Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana.

Gretna police officers on Monday received information that James and Jackson were staying at a hotel in the 1400 block of Claire Avenue. They stopped James as he got into his car and tried to drive away.

James gave officers the key to the room where he was staying. They found Jackson inside the room with blank check paper, a printer, a computer and a disc that showed how to print checks.

Officers also found checks printed with various companies’ names on them, checks from an undisclosed state office and a stamp with the signature of an undisclosed elected state official, Christiana said.

Officers found check stubs from the state office that indicated that several of them had already been cashed.

James was booked with 10 counts of forgery, four counts of monetary instrument abuse and possession of marijuana, as well as on warrants from the Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s offices for monetary instrument abuse and a warrant issued by U.S. marshals for tax evasion.

Jackson was booked with 10 counts of forgery, four counts of monetary instrument abuse, possession of marijuana and a warrant issued by U.S. marshals on a tax-evasion charge.

Authorities said they expect to book James and Jackson on additional charges as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gretna Police Department at (504) 363-1700 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

1 booked, 1 sought in Abita Springs robbery

One man is behind bars and a teenager is being sought in connection with a robbery Saturday near Abita Springs, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities allege Derrick Endries, 23, and a 16-year-old Covington boy, who both wore masks, approached a man outside his Mill Road home a little after midnight and took his money and cellphone at gunpoint.

The victim told investigators that he heard gunshots as he ran away.

Endries was arrested Monday and booked with armed robbery, aggravated criminal damage, illegal use of weapons, aggravated assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Detectives have issued a warrant for the teenager, who is wanted on a count of armed robbery.

Police seek two men in Irish Channel robbery

New Orleans police are trying to find two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery that happened about 9 p.m. June 11 in the 600 block of Third Street, in the Irish Channel.

The victim was walking home when one of the men, known only as “Red,” forced him against a wall and demanded his backpack. The other robber, known only as “Nugget,” then took the victim’s cellphone from his pants, police said.

Police on Tuesday arrested Tryone Scott, 20, who they said is believed to have been the robbers’ getaway driver. The charges he faces were not immediately available.

Anyone with information about the robbers’ identities or whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Drew Deacon at (504) 658-6060 or (504) 658-6122.

N.O. police investigate carjacking, robberies

New Orleans police on Tuesday were investigating the following crimes as reported on a daily major-crime log:

  • Carjacking, 12:17 a.m., at Brainard and Josephine streets. A 23-year-old woman was stopped at the corner when an armed man walked up and demanded she get out of the car, which he then took.
  • Armed robbery, 12:32 a.m., at Kerlerec and Royal streets. An unknown man asked a 47-year-old man for a cigarette.

The unknown man then pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s phone and money.

  • Armed robbery, 1:16 a.m., in the 1500 block of North Johnson Street. A 20-year-old woman was walking home when she was approached by an unknown man who demanded money.

The victim dropped her purse and ran.