13-year-old boy arrested in rape of girl

New Orleans police said Friday they have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with a sexual assault July 10 in eastern New Orleans.

An 8-year-old girl reported she was outside an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Downman Road about 2 p.m. when an unknown male lured her into an alleyway and sexually assaulted her.

Detectives said they received a match for DNA evidence collected from the incident that identified the 13-year-old boy as the suspect. He was booked on one count of aggravated rape.

Detectives are looking into whether the boy could be responsible for other similar incidents in the area. They can be contacted at (504) 658-5523.

Jury indicts four in Harvey fatal shooting

A Jefferson Parish grand jury this week indicted four people in the fatal shooting of a man in Harvey in April.

Jvontae “Tae” Simmons, 22, and Dorian “Rasta” Lonzo, 20, were each charged Thursday with one count of second-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Stacy Johnson Jr. They face mandatory life imprisonment if they are found guilty as charged.

Meanwhile, Ashley Degree, 25, and Kirklon Boyd, 19, are each charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice by disposing of weapons used in Johnson’s slaying. Degree also was charged with illegally possessing a 9 mm handgun after previous cocaine and heroin possession convictions.

Johnson was shot and killed April 7 in the 3700 block of Clover Lane while he was smoking marijuana in a car with two 19-year-old friends. One of the friends was wounded.

Simmons was arrested in Marrero and Lonzo at his home in New Orleans.

Authorities have not publicly discussed a motive for Johnson’s killing, though Sheriff Newell Normand said he was sure it was connected to the youths’ marijuana smoking.

NOPD: Girl raped in Uptown New Orleans

A 16-year-old girl was raped Thursday in Uptown New Orleans by a man she knew, police said.

The sexual assault happened about 9 p.m. in the 4100 block of Willow Street.

Police: Man shoots himself in shoulder

New Orleans police arrested a 28-year-old man Friday and accused him of filing a false police report after shooting himself in the shoulder.

Kendall Tate told officers he had been shot during a robbery as he walked to a store in Carrollton. But a female friend later told investigators that she had been arguing with Tate before the shooting and he pointed a weapon at her.

The woman said she walked away, leaving Tate on a porch. She said she heard two gunshots a moment later, and Tate ran inside bleeding from the shoulder, police said.

“Detectives believe that Tate shot himself and fabricated the story about an armed robbery,” the Police Department said in a news release.

Rape reported Thursday morning in Harvey

A rape was reported in the 4100 block of Lac Couture Drive in Harvey about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office crime log. No further information was given.

The sexual assault is the second reported in the area this week. Another rape was reported in the nearby 4200 block of Lac du Bay Drive on Sunday.

Three indicted in Jefferson rape cases

A Jefferson Parish grand jury this week indicted three men said to be involved in two separate rape cases.

Tori Klein, 47, of Metairie is charged with breaking into a home in the 900 block of Athania Parkway in Metairie and raping a 42-year-old woman sleeping there. Investigators arrested Klein on May 13 after they said his DNA was found on evidence recovered at the crime scene.

He faces counts of aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

In the second case, 26-year-old Pierre “Bruh” Braddy, of Jackson, Mississippi, and Willard “KB” Anthony, of Madison, Mississippi, were charged with the aggravated rape of a 24-year-old woman in April. Anthony also is charged with the human trafficking of that woman as well as another, aged 21. Braddy is charged with the human trafficking of a third woman, who is 26.

Investigators arrested Braddy and Anthony while investigating a report that a Florida woman had been drugged, beaten and forced into prostitution in the New Orleans area. Sheriff’s Office detectives found that woman at a motel in Harvey during a prostitution sting operation on April 13.

St. John recidivists booked for meth lab

Authorities in St. John the Baptist Parish arrested two men accused of trying to cook methamphetamine in a wooded area in Reserve near Jean Marie Street. Jamie Cambre, 38, and Christopher Trosclair, 33, were booked Thursday on counts of manufacturing meth.

A Sheriff’s Office news release said the men had been in the “final stages of the process to produce methamphetamine” when they were caught and that investigators found “materials sprawled about the wooded area from previous clandestine laboratories.”

Cambre was quickly taken into custody, while Trosclair fled on an all-terrain vehicle before deputies found him trying to hide under an abandoned home on East 15th Street. As a result, he also was booked on a count of resisting an officer.

Authorities said Cambre has been arrested 25 times in St. John Parish since October 1994; Trosclair has been arrested 36 times in the parish since March 1999.

Second home collapses on Delachaise Street

A vacant home collapsed in Broadmoor just before noon Friday, according to the New Orleans Fire Department. No one was injured.

After the abandoned residence in the 3500 block of Delachaise Street came crumbling down, firefighters found the entire façade and front porch collapsed into the sidewalk. City officials said the property had been scheduled for demolition next week.

An unoccupied home in the 2400 block of Delachaise similarly collapsed Monday night, damaging a home next door.

Capt. Edwin Holmes, a Fire Department spokesman, said the two incidents did not appear to be related.

City’s latest murder victim identified

Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse on Friday released the name of a man who was slain Thursday evening in New Orleans East — the city’s 104th homicide of the year.

Ortez Williams Jr., 17, was fatally shot about 7:25 p.m. in the 6700 block of Tara Lane.

Metairie man wanted in weapon firing

Authorities in Jefferson Parish are looking for an 18-year-old man accused of firing a gun in the Fat City neighborhood and evading arrest.

Leondre Williams, of Metairie, ran from deputies on July 8 on Edenborn Avenue and was last seen headed toward West Esplanade Avenue. He is wanted on counts of illegal discharging of a firearm and resisting an officer by flight.