Man arrested in N.O. East shrimper’s killing
New Orleans police arrested a 25-year-old man Monday in the Nov. 23 fatal shooting of a Vietnamese-American shrimper inside an apartment above a New Orleans East barbershop.
Police booked Lloyd Hulitt III on a single count of second-degree murder in connection with the killing of Hoang Vu, 44.
A warrant signed by Homicide Detective Jamaane Roy said a “known eyewitness” who was present during the shooting identified Hulitt as the shooter.
A judge set bail for Hulitt at $1 million Monday.
Vu, who immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, lived in the apartment in the 14400 block of Peltier Drive, in the heart of the city’s Vietnamese-American community, with a woman described as either his wife or his girlfriend.
An initial incident report said the shooter had been admitted into the apartment by someone inside it.
Officers found Vu lying on his back in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to his head.
Hulitt’s mother, Rosaline, said she believes police arrested the wrong man for the crime. She said investigators who were given the nickname “Head” found the wrong suspect.
“They got plenty of ‘Heads’ out here. That’s what I don’t understand,” Rosaline Hulitt said. “How could they get him confused like that?”
Lloyd Hulitt, who lives in New Orleans East, according to court records, is one of eight children and the father of a 10-year-old girl.
Rosaline Hulitt said her son has been calling her from jail since his arrest to profess his innocence. She described him as “a real good child. My whole family is shocked. Everybody is on the shocked side.”
Hulitt has previous convictions for illegal carrying of a weapon in April 2012 as well as possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in November 2013, according to court records. He is on probation until November 2016 for the latter conviction.
Woman is sought in Saturday stabbing
New Orleans police are asking the public for help in tracking down 31-year-old Cassandra Miller, who is accused of stabbing a man Saturday night.
Police said Miller was involved in an argument with a 57-year-old man near South Claiborne Avenue and Gen. Taylor Street that turned violent about 9 p.m.
Miller broke a glass bottle on the ground and then stabbed the man with it several times, police said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Police plan to book Miller on a count of aggravated battery.
Second District Detective Sa’Brina James is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6020.
Washington Parish gold dealer rearrested
Yancie H. Moseley Jr., a Washington Parish gold dealer who was arrested in November and accused of possession of stolen property, has been rearrested on counts of obstruction of justice and being a principal to theft of less than $500, jail records show.
Moseley, 73, was booked on the additional counts Tuesday.
According to Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper, police were called to a Bogalusa-area dollar store on Tuesday in reference to a shoplifter. Store workers had locked the door to the store to keep the suspected shoplifter, a 26-year old woman named Erica Runfulo, inside.
Before police could arrive, Culpepper said, Moseley unlocked the doors and let the woman out. She then went and hid in his business, which is about a block away.
Moseley is a well-known gold dealer whose son ran a similar business with former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed. Reed’s attorney has said his client had nothing to do with the elder Moseley’s business.
Moseley was first arrested in November after he was accused of buying $40,000 worth of gold for $1,900, failing to properly document the purchase, and then selling the items before the required waiting period had elapsed.
Runfulo has been booked on counts of theft and simple battery, police said, the latter count on an allegation of battering a store employee as she left.
Man wanted in Slidell shooting arrested
Justin Hutchinson, a 26-year-old Marrero man wanted in connection with a Christmas Eve shooting in Slidell that wounded a man, has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on a single count of attempted second-degree murder.
Hutchinson turned himself in at the Slidell police station about noon Tuesday.
Detectives were searching for Hutchinson after he got into an argument with a 37-year-old Slidell man, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. During the argument, Hutchinson is accused of pulling out a small-caliber pistol and firing twice, hitting the victim in the lower abdomen.
Hutchinson is being held without bail.
Girl reports rape in New Orleans East
New Orleans police said a girl reported being raped by a known assailant in the 6900 block of Yorktown Drive about 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Police gave no further information on the incident.
Covington police seek person who shot man
Covington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person who fired a small-caliber gun at 18-year-old Kawon Moore, hitting him in the chest late Tuesday night.
Moore told police he was walking along Emily Diamond Way near West 29th Street in Covington when he heard a pop and felt a stinging sensation in his chest, according to Chief Tim Lentz. Moore ran to a nearby apartment, and friends drove him to the hospital.
There, doctors removed a small-caliber bullet, perhaps from a pellet gun or a .22, Lentz said. The wound was not life-threatening.
Moore told police he had not seen any vehicles or anyone on foot in the area.
Detectives are asking for help from the public because the crime has no witnesses and no crime scene to process, Lentz said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Covington Police Department at (985) 892-8500 or Crimestoppers at (877) 903-7867.
Carjacker strikes Tuesday in Carrollton
A gunman stole car keys and money from a man and a woman, both 42, in the 2400 block of Pine Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday, police said. He then drove away in their car.
At least one armed robbery or carjacking has occurred in New Orleans for 72 consecutive days.
Man reports rape Tuesday in Marrero
A man reported being raped in the 2000 block of Rue Racine in Marrero about 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities gave no further information on the incident.
Arabi woman’s dog shot to death Tuesday
Keiser, a 9- or 10-year-old shepherd mix kept as a pet by an Arabi woman, was found shot to death about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Anne and Center streets. The dog was found dead after being let outside.
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office said deputies and animal control officers were investigating who shot the dog once in the chest, apparently with a pellet gun.