New Orleans — A spike in home invasions in New Orleans on Sunday and Monday left one man dead and police investigating some bizarre crime reports.
According to the New Orleans Police Department’s listing of major offenses, police investigated three separate home invasions on Sunday and Monday.
Officer Garry Flot said an unidentified man was killed after he broke into a home in the 1500 block of North Broad Street around 2:15 p.m. and began fighting with the people inside.
One of the people inside shot the man, who later died, Flot said.
The man was fleeing police, who had earlier encountered him on LaHarpe Street near North Broad. Flot said bicycle officers were investigating a report that a bloody and angry man was standing in the street, but when they talked to the man he pushed them and ran away.
No other information was available on the incident, and the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said the man had not been identified on Monday evening. The area is frequented by visitors to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Early Monday morning, police investigated two additional aggravated burglaries. In the first incident, reported around 12:40 a.m., a 37-year-old woman and 31-year-old man were at home in the 7100 block of Dorian Street in eastern New Orleans when they heard a knock at the door.
The victims said three masked men burst into the home carrying guns and said they were looking for the woman’s son.
When the woman told them that her son was in jail, the men left the home through a rear door. No one was injured in that incident.
Around 2:05 a.m. Monday, police said a 21-year-old was asleep in her bed in the 2500 block of Tricou Street when a masked man burst into the home. The victim said the man demanded she empty all of the shoeboxes and clothing pockets in her home.
When the woman agreed, the man told her to get back into bed, and then left the home with nothing.
No suspects have been announced in Monday’s incidents.