Man gets seven-year sentence in gun case, and other area police news _lowres

New Orleans police on Tuesday released composite sketches of two men they say robbed a construction worker on Monday afternoon at a home in the 1500 block of North Derbigny Street.

Man gets seven-year sentence in gun case

The handgun that Robert Steward had with him when police rolled up to the 3300 block of Erato Street last year brought him nothing but trouble.

Lodged in his waistband, the weapon got caught as he tried to run from police through a gap in a fence, according to prosecutors with Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office.

Steward, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received a seven-year prison sentence, according to Cannizzaro’s office.

A news release said Steward, who has a prior conviction for aggravated battery, received a break on his sentence by agreeing to testify against his co-defendant in the case, Jamal “Mal” Smith.

On April 13, 2013, Smith ran in the opposite direction near the B.W. Cooper housing development, tossing away a handgun with an extended magazine as he jumped several fences before officers caught up with him, according to Cannizzaro’s office.

Smith, 25, pleaded guilty to the same crime Tuesday. Criminal District Court Judge Darryl Derbigny sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Smith has prior narcotics convictions and a 2012 conviction for attempted possession of a firearm by a felon.

“The proliferation of illegal firearms in the hands of convicted felons is fueling the rate of violent crime in this city,” Cannizzaro said in the release, calling such prosecutions a top priority for his office.

A resident had called police to the scene of the arrests. Both Smith and Steward also pleaded guilty to resisting an officer.

Man robbed of keys, cash by men with saw

A man was robbed of his car keys and money by two men armed with a saw, New Orleans police said.

The robbery was reported about 1:10 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North Derbigny Street.

The victim was working on a house when two men walked in, grabbed a saw and demanded his belongings. The robbers got away with his keys and cash after a brief fight, police said.

Police released computer sketches of the unknown robbers Tuesday. Anyone with information on their identities is asked to contact 1st District Detective Daniel Hiatt at (504) 658-6012 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Tulane student robbed by knife-wielding man

A Tulane student was robbed at knifepoint late Monday night while walking near the campus.

The victim was in the 2500 block of Palmer Avenue when a man got out of a parked Ford Crown Victoria about 10:30 p.m., according to a Tulane University Police bulletin.

The man pulled out a knife and demanded the victim’s bag, which included a laptop, iPhone and iPad.

The robber, described as a black man about 6 feet tall, fled north on Palmer in the white Crown Victoria, Tulane police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact New Orleans police at (504) 821-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect in Marigny robberies surrenders

New Orleans police said Tuesday they solved a number of recent armed robberies when a man surrendered to investigators.

Tevin Henderson, 22, and two other men allegedly robbed three victims at gunpoint several minutes apart last week in the Marigny neighborhood.

Henderson was identified as one of the robbers through surveillance video recorded at Frenchmen and North Rampart streets, police said. He turned himself in at the 8th District police station late Monday.

He was booked with several counts of armed robbery. He has no prior arrest record.

Henderson’s two alleged accomplices remain at large. Anyone with information on their whereabouts or identities is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Robbers take wallets, cash, chicken and beer

New Orleans police were investigating the following armed robberies reported Monday night and early Tuesday morning:

  • 6 p.m. Monday at Dauphine and St. Philip streets: A man with a knife walked up behind two women and grabbed their purses. The victims tried to fight off the man, who fled with their wallets when they fell out of the bags.
  • 10:20 p.m. Monday in the 2900 block of Dauphine Street: Three men, including one who was armed, walked up to a woman, put a gun to her head and demanded her property. The men fled with her bicycle and purse that held her wallet, cellphone and house keys.
  • 12:13 a.m. Tuesday at Burgundy and Deslonde streets: Two men were walking near the corner when five to 10 men on bicycles rode up. One man fired three shots in the air and demanded the victims hand over everything they had. The robbers pedaled away with the victims’ cash, a case of beer and a box of chicken.