Man, 31, found dead on Central City street

New Orleans police found the body of a 31-year-old man just before midnight Saturday when they responded to a report of shots fired on Dryades Street.

Officers found the man in the 2900 block of Dryades, said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman. He had been shot multiple times.

Homicide Detective Debra Normand is in charge of the investigation. She can be contacted at (504) 658-5300.

N.O. rape suspect captured in St. John

A man suspected of raping a 33-year-old woman at knife point was arrested Saturday night, New Orleans police said Sunday.

Terry Sippio, 55, was arrested in St. John the Baptist Parish.

New Orleans police earlier had asked the public for help in finding Sippio, but the one-line release on his capture did not say how he was found.

Sippio, who has residences in both Uptown New Orleans and LaPlace, was wanted in the rape of a woman early Saturday.

The woman told police she was at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway about 6 a.m. Saturday when a man offered her a ride. After she got into the car, the man drove to Toulouse Street and North Jefferson Davis, where he sexually assaulted her at knife point, she said.

The victim ran from the car and hid until the man left. However, she got his license plate number and flagged down a passing police officer.

“Detectives positively identified Sippio as the person responsible for the sexual assault,” police said. They got a warrant for his arrest on a count of aggravated rape.

Police arrest two in recent armed robbery

A man suspected of robbing a group of people in the French Quarter in June was arrested Saturday in Gentilly after being identified through surveillance footage and an anonymous tip, New Orleans police said.

Police also arrested a woman who was living with him.

Dewitt Madison, 31, was booked on four counts of armed robbery, police said.

Saria Thomas, 26, was booked on a count of being an accessory after the fact and on a count of obstruction of justice.

The robbery happened about 4 a.m. June 13 in the 1400 block of Bourbon Street, police said.

According to police, Madison and an unknown woman walked up to a group of people. Madison pulled out a gun and demanded the victims’ property while the woman acted as a lookout, police said. The victims handed over their belongings, and Madison fired a shot into the air.

Madison was arrested about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Filmore Avenue, police said.

Police believe Thomas knew about Madison’s involvement in the robbery and had lived with him for the last several weeks without notifying authorities of his location.

Detective Thomas Perez is in charge of the investigation.

Search for aircraft in lake suspended

The Coast Guard on Sunday suspended a search for a possible downed aircraft in Lake Pontchartrain.

Coast Guard rescue crews searched more than 150 square miles for more than eight hours after receiving a call of a small plane crashing into the lake about 8 p.m. Saturday a few miles from the north shore.

Coast Guard rescue crews and St. Tammany Parish marine units searched for the plane Saturday night but found no signs of it, the Coast Guard said.

The plane was reportedly seen going into the lake on the east side of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway between mile markers 4 and 8.

No reports of a missing or overdue aircraft in the area were received.

N.O. police investigate three armed robberies

New Orleans police on Sunday were investigating the following armed robberies reported in an overnight crime log:

  • 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of Garden Oaks Drive, Algiers. A 29-year-old man was approached by an unknown man who demanded his property. The victim gave up his laptop computer and iPad.
  • 1:20 a.m. Sunday in the 6000 block of Bullard Avenue, New Orleans East. A man walked into a business and forced the manager into another room while he searched for money. He fled with an undetermined amount of money.
  • 4:19 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of St. Louis Street, French Quarter. A 24-year-old man left a business and got in what he mistakenly thought was a taxicab. Once inside, he demanded the driver’s money.