Man dies after being ‘in a rage’ on LSD
A 22-year-old man died Saturday morning in Jefferson Parish after allegedly taking LSD and tearing up a house while “in a rage,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Officers were sent to a house on Hennessey Court around 6:35 a.m. after John Worthington called to report that a friend, Robert Taylor, was exhibiting violent behavior.
Worthington said Taylor was “in a rage” and there was “broken glass scattered throughout the house,” according to Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman.
Officers arrived to find Taylor “hysterical, screaming and running through the house,” Fortunato said. Officers restrained him in handcuffs and monitored his breathing and vital signs until EMS could arrive.
Suddenly, Taylor’s heart rate began dropping “extremely low and then quickly rising,” and he passed out, Fortunato said.
Emergency personnel began to perform chest compressions, but Taylor died shortly thereafter.
Investigators learned that Taylor, Worthington and another friend were at Mardi Gras World for a concert. Worthington said everything was fine until about 4 a.m., when his friend began acting strangely and admitted he had taken two hits of acid.
Taylor then began “trashing” Worthington’s home by breaking glass tables, pictures on the wall and more, at which point Worthington called the Sheriff’s Office.
Taylor, of New Orleans, suffered from heroin addiction and was recently released from a rehab center in the city, Worthington said.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Two men arrested in Rampart Street brawl
New Orleans police arrested two men they said were involved in a brawl that turned violent in the 100 block of South Rampart Street on Friday afternoon.
Around 3:45 p.m., officers found 23-year-old Michael Sanders suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg and an abrasion to his head. According to Sanders, he was walking in the block when he was approached by 29-year-old Ronald Davis and two unknown men. Sanders and Davis got into an altercation, during which one of the other men allegedly struck Sanders with a pistol and fired several shots at him before fleeing.
Davis ran toward Tulane Avenue with Sanders following him and firing multiple shots, one of which struck him in the leg.
Davis and Sanders were transported to the hospital, where they were treated and released.
Sanders was booked with illegal carrying of a firearm and possession of stolen property. The weapon he used was reportedly stolen in Jefferson Parish, the NOPD said. Davis was booked with being a principal to aggravated battery by shooting.
Two suspects remain at large. One, nicknamed “Scully,” is described as a black male with a dark complexion, about 5-foot-6, wearing a dark shirt and light-colored pants.
The second suspect, nicknamed “Tooty,” is described as a black male with a brown complexion, clean-shaven, about 5-foot-8, wearing all dark clothing.
Man robbed at gunpoint near N.O. East home
A 51-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint as he was walking to his apartment in New Orleans East early Saturday morning, police said.
An unknown man armed with a gun stopped the victim at about 3:30 a.m. as he was walking in the 7000 block of Lawrence Road. He ordered the man to take everything out of his pockets, according to the NOPD.
Police said the suspect took the property and fled in the victim’s vehicle.
Group of teenagers robbed by three men
New Orleans police said a group of teenagers were robbed about 11:30 p.m. Friday by three men carrying guns.
The four victims, all either 16 or 17 years old, were walking from a drugstore in New Orleans East when three armed men approached them.
Police said the teenagers were in the 11400 block of Lake Forest Boulevard when the robbers ordered them to lie on the ground and give up their property.
The men fled on foot. Police said the teenagers didn’t know the men.
Man carjacked at gunpoint near CBD
A man was carjacked at gunpoint about 12:40 p.m. Friday near the Central Business District, New Orleans police said.
Police said the 25-year-old man was standing next to his car at South Villere Street and Cleveland Avenue when a man carrying a gun approached him.
The robber allegedly pointed the gun and said, “Give me your car keys.”
The victim complied, and the suspect fled in the car, a 2012 brown Toyota Rav4 with New York license plate GAC8972.
Editor’s note: This story was updated Sept. 1 to clarify that Robert Taylor’s death occurred several hours after the concert at Mardi Gras World ended.