Woman booked in January armed robbery

New Orleans police have arrested a woman for her alleged role in a January armed robbery in New Orleans East.

A 25-year-old man was in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 12300 block of the Interstate 10 Service Road about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 18 when Ashley Wooten, 25, came up and spoke to him, police said. Another man, who implied he had a gun, then demanded the victim’s money, according to police.

After the victim gave him $160, the other man made him get in a car with Wooten and drive to an ATM, where he withdrew $200, police said. The man and Wooten then drove off with all the money, according to police.

Wooten was arrested about 11 a.m. Sunday in the 6800 block of Cindy Place. The man remains unidentified.

Police seek witness in Saturday homicide

New Orleans police are requesting assistance in locating 72-year-old Donald “Bilal” Williams, who they said may have critical information about the murder of a 45-year-old man.

The incident occurred Saturday at St. Claude Avenue and Pauger Street. Officers found the victim lying on the ground about 6 p.m., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He died at a hospital.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified the victim Monday as Oliver Lloyd, 45.

During their investigation, detectives identified Williams as a person of interest and would like to speak to him.

Anyone with information about him is asked to call Homicide Detective Rayell Johnson at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police: Speed a factor in motorcyclist’s death

Speed apparently was a factor in the death Sunday of a New Orleans firefighter whose motorcycle crashed in Plaquemines Parish, State Police said Monday.

Corey Smith, 25, of New Orleans, died shortly after 4 p.m. on La. 39 in Braithwaite.

Smith was operating a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa at a high rate of speed, State Police said. When the road curved to the right, the Suzuki crossed the northbound lane, ran off the road to the left and struck a warning signal connected to a metal pole, then struck a culvert.

Smith was thrown from the motorcycle and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Smith, a four-year member of the New Orleans Fire Department, was assigned to Engine 39.

Crash victim loses his shoes and money

A 20-year-old man who had been in a crash was robbed of his shoes and money at the scene Sunday evening, New Orleans police said.

The victim was involved in a car crash with a white Ford Expedition about 7:20 p.m. at South Broad and South White streets, according to police. The Ford’s driver said he didn’t want the victim to call the police because he had outstanding warrants, according to police.

A little while later, a red Porsche Panamera drove up to the scene. After talking to the driver of the Ford, the driver of the Porsche pulled out a handgun, stole the victim’s shoes and money and took a picture of his license plate, according to police. He then told the victim that if he called the police, he would come back and kill him.

The Ford and Porsche then drove away.

The Porsche driver is described as about 25 years old, dark complexion, slim build and about 6 feet tall. He had a beard, long dreadlocks-style hair and a tattoo of a marijuana plant between his right thumb and index finger. His red four-door Porsche Panamera has red rims and a bullet hole behind the passenger’s side door. The vehicle is known to frequent second-line parades, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 2nd District detectives at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Youth is cut after altercation with 3 men

A 14-year-old boy was cut Sunday during a fight in New Orleans East.

The victim got involved in an altercation with three men in the 7200 block of Bundy Road about 3 p.m., according to police. One of them then cut him.

NOPD: Woman’s phone taken by bike rider

A woman’s cellphone was stolen by a gun-wielding bike-rider in Gentilly on Sunday, police said.

The 28-year-old victim was stopped about 3:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Lafaye Street by a man on a bike who asked for directions, according to police. He then produced a gun and demanded her cellphone.

The victim jumped into her car, threw the phone to the ground and drove off. The robber picked up the phone and fled.

Woman’s car stolen in New Orleans East

A 28-year-old woman was robbed of her car at gunpoint Monday morning in New Orleans East.

The victim was taking items from her car in the 13500 block of North Lemans Street about 5 a.m. when a man with a gun told her to back away from the vehicle, whose engine was on.

He then got in the car and drove away, according to police.