Suspects put gun to baby’s head, police say
Two men are behind bars, accused of robbing a man in New Orleans East while they pointed a gun at his 3-month-old son’s head.
Michael Brooks, 18, and Joseph Dixon, 17, were arrested in connection with the robbery that happened about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Magnolia Garden Apartments in the 6000 block of Downman Road, police said.
A 30-year-old man told police that he and his 3-month-old son were inside his car in the parking lot when he saw four men in the lot.
Two of the men, later identified as Brooks and Dixon, walked up to his car and opened the door, with at least one of them allegedly pointing a pistol at the victim.
The men demanded the victim’s money and cellphone while one of them held a gun against the victim’s son’s head, police said.
The men ran away after the victim told them he had no money.
After they were taken into custody, the victim identified Brooks and Dixon as the men who robbed him, police said.
One of the weapons used in the robbery was an air pellet gun, police later learned.
Brooks and Dixon were booked with armed robbery, use of a firearm in a robbery and flight from an officer.
Bookkeeper gets three years of probation
A former bookkeeper for the Carpenters Local Union 1846 received three years of probation Wednesday for embezzling more than $80,000.
Jeanine Breaux, who worked for the union for more than a decade, pleaded guilty to pocketing members’ dues between 2006 and 2009 and falsifying financial reports to the union’s accountant.
She also altered accounting and deposit records, prosecutors said.
Breaux faced between 10 and 16 months behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval placed her on probation. Duval called the embezzlement a “serious crime” but said society would benefit more from Breaux keeping her current job and working to pay back $82,414.69 in restitution.
The judge warned that Breaux would be imprisoned if she violates the terms of her probation.
Prosecutors made no argument during the sentencing, but in previously filed court papers they opposed probation in the case.
St. Bernard teen, 17, booked with obscenity
A 17-year-old St. Bernard Parish teenager was booked on a count of obscenity after he was allegedly caught watching pornography at a public library with his pants down, authorities said.
Henry Stafford was arrested Saturday in the library at 1201 Bayou Road.
A library employee reported about 3 p.m. that a teen was acting strangely and apparently had been looking at pornography on a laptop computer with his pants down, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Stafford first told a sheriff’s deputy that he was looking at a new video game but later admitted he was watching pornography and committing a sex act on himself, Pohlmann said.
Stafford was booked with obscenity and was being held on $2,500 bail.
Police try to identify man in Quarter robbery
New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a simple robbery this week in the French Quarter.
The robbery happened about 4:15 a.m. Monday in the 700 block of St. Philip Street.
A 45-year-old woman said she was approached from behind by a man on a bicycle who demanded her purse.
She said that after the robber took the purse, he pushed her to the ground and fled.
The robber is described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, with short black hair, 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds.
Police on Wednesday released a computer sketch of the man.
He was last seen wearing a white striped shirt, khaki shorts and an unknown-color hat.
Eighth District Detective Chris LaBorde is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.
Suspect booked in five residential burglaries
Police have arrested a man suspected in five burglaries in the Lower Garden District.
Travis Stahlman, 35, is believed to be responsible for the following burglaries:
9:45 p.m. Sept. 7 in the 600 block of Race Street. The victim returned home, put her purse on a bar stool and went to bed. She woke up the next morning and found the purse missing.
7:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in the 1400 block of Annunciation Street. The victim was leaving her home when she noticed her purse and a backpack were missing from her living room.
6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the 700 block of Race Street. The victims returned home and found their game system and game controllers missing.
6 a.m. Sept. 14, no address provided. The victim woke up and found his wallet missing from a table and a backpack missing from the floor.
10:45 a.m. Sept. 16, no address given. The victim said several items were taken from his home, including keys to his vehicle.
Stahlman was arrested about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2400 block of Willow Street.
A search warrant was obtained for the home, in which detectives found property that was taken during the burglaries, police said.
Detectives are trying to determine if Stahlman was involved in other burglaries.
Woman stabs man during argument
A woman stabbed a man Tuesday morning in Broadmoor during an argument, New Orleans police said.
Rose Johnson, 46, and the victim, a 19-year-old man, began to argue, and Johnson then stabbed the man, police said.
He was being treated at a hospital.
Investigators try to find man who offered ride
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is trying to find more information about a man who approached a 16-year-old girl Wednesday morning as she was walking to her bus stop and asked if she wanted a ride.
The girl refused, and the man drove away.
Investigators spoke to the girl and her family after she reported being approached by the man about 6:30 a.m. on Palmetto Street just off the North Causeway Boulevard service road.
The man was in his 30s and drove a teal green pickup truck, the girl told investigators.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Davis at (985) 276-1320.
Men tape up victims during home burglary
Three masked men burst into a New Orleans East home early Tuesday morning and burglarized it after taping up the residents.
Police said the men forced their way into the home in the 7300 block of Dalewood Street about 3:15 a.m.
They taped up the victims, ages 16, 18, 27, 31, and ordered them to sit on a sofa, according to a daily police log.
One of the intruders hit a male victim in the head with a gun before fleeing the home.
Man shot walking on New Orleans East street
A man was shot Tuesday evening in New Orleans East, police said.
The shooting happened about 7:35 p.m. as three people walked in the 6900 block of Martin Drive, according to a daily police log.
A man walked up to the group and began to shoot. Only one person, a 30-year-old man, was hit.
Police provided no information on his condition.