Man surrenders in St. Charles homicide
Sidney K. Smith turned himself in Sunday night and was booked on a count of second-degree murder in St. Charles Parish’s first slaying of 2015.
Witnesses told police that Smith, 22, confronted Warren Sanders, 28, of LaPlace, about 9 p.m. Saturday over the latter’s interest in his girlfriend.
Then, the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office said, Smith shot Sanders with a handgun several times before fleeing and leaving Sanders’ body in a ditch on East Terrace Street in New Sarpy.
Woman arrested in Uptown bleach attack
New Orleans police arrested a woman in connection with a bleach attack on two teenage girls at a gas station Monday morning that the NOPD said started with a dispute over cutting in line.
Police arrested 55-year-old Deanna Rudison and booked her on two counts of aggravated battery after they said she doused two girls, ages 15 and 18, with bleach about 7:40 a.m.
Police said Rudison became enraged when she believed the two had skipped ahead of her in line at a service station in the 3300 block of Carondelet Street. After the two walked outside the store, Officer Frank Robertson said, Rudison approached the pair with two open bottles of bleach and splashed them in the face.
Then a man arrived on the scene — police identified him as Rudison’s son, Jonathan Rudison, 27 — and threw the 18-year-old to the ground, breaking her arm, police said.
The mother later turned herself in at the 6th District police station. Jonathan Rudison was still being sought.
Man breached airport fence, police say
A man who said he was homeless breached the perimeter fence near a FedEx building at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner early Friday morning, according to an arrest report.
The man said he was wandering around and stumbled into the airport operations area through an open gate.
About 4:10 a.m., FedEx employees spotted him walking east on a perimeter road behind the shipping company’s building and summoned a detective posted to the airport.
Col. John Fortunato said both Sheriff’s Office deputies and the FBI responded. The man identified himself as Andrew Bryant and said he lives in a New Orleans homeless shelter.
“It is believed that he may have jumped the fence to gain entrance into the secure area,” Fortunato said.
He said Bryant never approached any airplanes and did not pose a serious security threat.
Bryant was booked on a charge of criminal trespass.
Child abandoned at strangers’ home
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child abandonment case after receiving two 911 calls about a 2-year-old boy who was left at the home of strangers Monday morning.
One of the calls was from the owners of the home on La. 435. The other was from the child’s mother, who called after her husband told her he had left the boy at an undisclosed location. The homeowners did not see who dropped the child at their driveway.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services was notified.
Man pleads guilty to 2009 bank robbery
Thomas Lee Eugene didn’t take modern science into account when he shed his Kangol cap and suit jacket — along with some of his DNA — after robbing a Poydras Street bank of more than $5,000 in 2009.
On Monday, the 53-year-old New Orleans man pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of bank robbery.
He had approached an Iberia Bank teller with a note reading, “This is a ROBBERY. I want $10s, $20s and $100s and I do not have a weapon.”
Eugene rushed out with $5,269. His big mistake was discarding the cap and jacket nearby at Natchez and Picayune streets, according to the factual basis underpinning his guilty plea.
An FBI analysis of the clothes found a “better than 1 in 6 trillion” chance that the DNA found on the hat was Eugene’s.
Eugene is due to be sentenced Aug. 5 before U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance.
Kenner man arrested in rape of girl, 10
Kenner police arrested 25-year-old Hermes Rivera on Thursday and accused him of raping his girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter on multiple occasions.
The Kenner Police Department said the crimes were uncovered when the girl recorded a video on a cellphone saying the two had “made love” three times during March and April.
When confronted by the child’s mother, Rivera admitted he had sex with the girl but blamed her for his actions, police said.
Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, was booked on three counts of aggravated rape and an immigration detainer. No bail was set.
Jeep runs into building after driver is shot
A shooting late Sunday night in Faubourg Marigny sent a man to the hospital and his vehicle barreling into a building.
The 35-year-old victim was sitting at a red light with his fiancée at Dauphine Street and Elysian Fields Avenue when gunfire erupted about 11:15 p.m., Officer Garry Flot said.
The man was shot, causing him to lose control of his Jeep, which was heavily damaged when it hit the building. He was taken to the hospital.
Victims of four city homicides identified
New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has identified the victims of four recent homicides in the city.
Rouse said 25-year-old Esperanza Jimenez Rojas was the victim of a stabbing April 8 on Westpark Court in Algiers. Melvin Lopez, 35, was booked on a count of second-degree murder.
Jamal Surtain, 16, was the victim of a shooting in the 3800 block of Franklin Avenue that same night.
Rouse said Cantrell Monday, 40, was the victim of an April 14 shooting on Alabo Street in the Lower 9th Ward that police believe was drug-related.
The coroner also released the name of a 27-year-old man who was shot multiple times Saturday night in Gentilly. Keith Coleman was the victim in that attack near Allen and Pleasure streets.
Man who escaped from police surrenders
Eddie Brown, who escaped from police custody Saturday while waiting to be booked at Central Lockup, was arrested Monday and booked on counts of flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of crack, possession with the intent to distribute, illegal carrying of a weapon and simple escape.
Brown, 28, turned himself in at the 3rd District Station about 3 p.m.
About 3:45 p.m. Saturday, officers saw Brown driving in New Orleans East in a vehicle with an expired brake tag. When they tried to stop him, Brown drove away. During a chase, he struck three moving vehicles before crashing his vehicle at Crowder Boulevard and the I-10 Service Road. He ran into a gas station, where he was apprehended. Police said they found narcotics on Brown and a gun inside his vehicle.
He gave officers a wrong name but later was positively identified.
Following the arrest, Brown was taken to the hospital when he complained of injuries to his wrist. After an examination, he received a cast. Officers then took Brown to Central Lockup, but he fled on foot from outside the intake area through an open gate.