Woman reports being raped in French Quarter, and other area police news _lowres

Photo provided by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office -- Jefferson Parish authorities are trying to identify and locate this man who they say stole a cellphone from a man in Metairie on Friday afternoon.

Woman reports being raped on Quarter street

A woman told police she was raped by a man she met Thursday night in the French Quarter.

The 21-year-old woman told police she was at a bar at Bourbon and Conti streets when she and an unknown man began to talk.

The man offered to buy her a drink and the two continued to chat. After the victim finished her drink, police said, the man offered to walk with her.

The two walked to Conti and Decatur streets about 9 p.m. The man then sexually assaulted her in the 300 block of Decatur and took her cellphone and money before running away, she said.

Police did not provide a description of the man.

Man critical after being shot during carjacking

A 33-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the face during a carjacking Thursday night in New Orleans East, police said.

The man was shot about 8 p.m. in the 6700 block of Bundy Road, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman. He was being treated at a local hospital.

The victim’s late-model Nissan Maxima was taken after the shooting, Robertson said.

Police did not identify a suspect in the shooting.

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

N.O. detectives identify ‘serial’ armed robber

New Orleans police have identified and are searching for a man they describe as a ‘serial’ armed robber.

Dewitt Madison, 31, is suspected in at least four recent armed robberies in the Marigny neighborhood.

While an NOPD bulletin connects Madison only to an armed robbery about 4 a.m. June 13 in the 1400 block of Bourbon Street, police have previously said he is responsible for the following stickups:

June 8, 11:40 p.m., in the 2600 block of Burgundy Street.

June 13, 1:45 a.m., near Mandeville and North Rampart streets.

June 15, 2:45 a.m., in the 1200 block of Burgundy Street.

The NOPD describes Madison as a black man, about 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds.

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

Two from Texas booked in Meraux crime

Two people from Texas were arrested Thursday night in Meraux after they allegedly robbed a teenager outside a store.

Timothy George, 22, of Austin, Texas, and a 15-year-old boy from Houston were each booked with simple robbery after St. Bernard Parish deputies caught them running away in the Lexington Place subdivision, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

George also was booked with criminal damage and resisting officers.

Authorities said George and his accomplice robbed another teenager of his cellphone and a small amount of cash after they beat him up outside a store in the 4200 block of East Judge Perez Drive.

Pohlmann said the two suspects were in Meraux for a few days while visiting the teenage suspect’s aunt.

Deputies found the stolen cellphone but not the cash.

George was booked at the St. Bernard Parish Prison, while the 15-year-old was sent to the parish’s Juvenile Detention Center.

JPSO searches for man in cellphone theft

Jefferson Parish authorities are trying to identify a man they say stole a cellphone Friday afternoon.

An unknown man met the victim about 1 p.m. in the parking lot of a business in the 3600 block of West Esplanade Avenue.

The victim was trying to negotiate a sale of the phone when the other man grabbed it and ran away, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The unknown thief is described as a black man, 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and 140 to 150 pounds.

Anyone who knows his identity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s robbery section at (504) 364-5376.

Ex-teacher indicted in child porn case

A former New Orleans teacher was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

On Feb. 5, authorities served a search warrant at the Metairie home of Don Francis, 43, and found him to be in possession of child pornography.

Francis is a former teacher at Miller-McCoy Academy in New Orleans East and Arthur Ashe Charter School in Gentilly.

Francis, who was being held on state charges until his federal indictment, is not accused of sexually abusing any former students.

He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of the sexual exploitation charge.

Woman’s body found in Lafitte marina waters

The body of a Lafitte woman was found Friday morning floating in the water at a marina in the Jefferson Parish community.

Michela Hebert Noel, 39, was found in the water at Cochiara Marina about 9:30 a.m., said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Noel, who lived at the marina and was last seen about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, apparently fell into the water and drowned, Boyd said.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in her death, Boyd said. An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.