Detroit murder suspect arrested in Chalmette
Maybe he should have put on the costume first.
A suspect in a Detroit murder was arrested Wednesday afternoon outside a Chalmette costume shop, minutes after buying a bumblebee costume.
Damian Jones, 23, is suspected in an Oct. 4, 2013, murder in the Michigan city, St. Bernard Parish James Pohlmann said.
He said the Sheriff’s Office received information that a vehicle sought in connection with the murder was headed to the parish and that the suspect was in it.
Deputies tracked the Dodge Neon to the store in the 8800 block of West Judge Perez Drive, where they found Jones and Tianna Callaway, 22, who is suspected of fleeing Michigan with him.
Neither one resisted arrest or was armed, Pohlmann said.
Jones threw the bumblebee costume on the ground before his arrest, Pohlmann said.
Callaway apparently had a connection to the New Orleans area but it was not clear why they were in Chalmette, the sheriff said.
Jones was held on a warrant from Michigan alleging he had committed a murder using an AK-47 assault rifle.
Jones appeared before state District Judge Kirk Vaughn on Thursday and is expected to be returned to Michigan for prosecution.
Callaway wasn’t listed as wanted in Michigan on a criminal charge, but she was booked in St. Bernard Parish as an accessory after the fact. She was being held Thursday on $10,000 bail.
Carjacking suspect arrested in Monroe
A man wanted for allegedly carjacking a Metairie woman in June has been arrested, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Roberto Antonio Barrios, 25, was arrested in Monroe after the U.S. Marshals Service received information that he was living in that area.
Barrios was taken to the Ouachita Parish Detention Center, where he was booked as a fugitive from Jefferson Parish.
He is suspected of carjacking the 53-year-old woman June 26 in the 8000 block of Cortez Street. The car taken in that incident was later found in the 200 block of Helen Drive in Gretna.
Man shot in chest on Central City street
A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 2400 block of Freret Street on Wednesday night, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
The shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. The victim was taken to an area hospital.
The NOPD did not provide any information on his condition.
Police seek two in fight at Riverwalk mall
Police are searching for a man who got into a fight with another man in the Riverwalk shopping mall that ended with a gun being pulled.
The 25-year-old victim and his wife were walking in the mall about 4 p.m. Wednesday when the other man walked up and began to talk to the victim’s wife.
The victim told the man that was his wife, and the man began to taunt him, police said. The victim said he then ignored the man, at which point the man attacked him.
Both men fell to the ground, police said, and began to fight. At one point, the taunting man pulled out a gun.
A second man ran up, grabbed the gun and the two ran away.
Police on Thursday released surveillance images of the unknown men.
Anyone with information on either man’s identity is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.
Police seek ID of man in auto theft case
Police are trying to identify a man wanted in connection with an auto theft Wednesday at the Gasco Discount in the 1400 block of South Claiborne Avenue.
The 25-year-old victim told police she pulled into the gas station, parked her car near a gas pump and went into the store without turning off the engine.
While she was in the store, a man got in the car and drove away, headed west on South Claiborne.
The car is a tan, four-door 2005 Nissan Altima with Louisiana license plate XVT 665.
Anyone who knows the man’s identity or who has seen the car is asked to call 6th District detectives at (504) 658-6060.
Man sought in Algiers aggravated assault
Police are trying to find a man suspected of pointing a gun at a woman and her daughter in Algiers and threatening to shoot them.
Leon Noil, 36, got into an argument with a 24-year-old woman about 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive, police said.
The woman’s mother began to yell at Noil when she saw him allegedly hit her daughter. Noil then ran away, police said.
He came back a short time later, pointed a gun at the women and said he would shoot them before running away again, police said.
Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Noil on two counts of aggravated assault.
Detective Robert King is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6040.
Police seek man in auto burglary, theft
Police are trying to identify and locate a man wanted in connection with a vehicle burglary and a theft from a drugstore.
Both incidents happened Monday.
The unknown man is suspected of breaking into a car in the 3600 block of Carondelet Street and ransacking the interior before taking the victim’s .38-caliber handgun, driver’s license and credit card.
The victim called his credit card company to cancel the card and learned a purchase had been made at the Rite Aid store in the 3400 block of St. Charles Avenue. The purchase was for $189 in cigarettes, police said.
Detective Anya Hilliard is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6060.
Man critical after shooting in Marrero
A man was in critical condition Wednesday night following a shooting on the West Bank, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim was shot a little after 9 p.m. in the 7300 block of the West Bank Expressway in Marrero.
He was being treated at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.