Police: Man grabs girl, makes lewd comments

A Mandeville man who allegedly grabbed a 16-year-old girl and made sexually explicit comments to her was booked Friday on one count of sexual battery and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, Mandeville police said.

The 16-year-old told police that Jerry Gerelle Johnson, 27, grabbed her inappropriately and made the comments to her on Friday while they were in his car in the 700 block of North Causeway Approach.

Police recover 17 vehicles, arrest 5 men

A three-day joint operation between the New Orleans Police Department and State Police ended with the recovery of 17 stolen vehicles and three stolen U-Haul dollies and the arrest of five people.

The joint operation took place Dec. 9-11.

Arrested during the operation were Ernest Williams, 21, who was booked with illegal carrying of a weapon, being a felon with a firearm and trespassing; Jawain Robertson, 19, who was booked with flight from a police officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, disturbing the peace and simple criminal damage to property; Demierin Havard, 27, who was booked on possession of stolen property, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting arrest, hit-and-run and trespassing; Armond Sylvester, 20, who was booked on unauthorized use of a vehicle and traffic violations; and Joshua Mills, 23, who was booked on unauthorized use of a vehicle.

The vehicles recovered were worth about $457,000, police said.

Coroner identifies man shot to death in Algiers

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man shot to death Saturday in Algiers.

Sterling Blackmon, 20, was shot about 11 p.m. in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said. He died at the scene.

A 24-year-old man wounded during the shooting was treated at Interim LSU Hospital.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

Police seek suspect in Mid-City home invasion

Police are trying to locate a man wanted in a recent Mid-City home invasion.

Henry Frazier, 34, is accused of being inside the victim’s bedroom when she returned to her home in the 3500 block of Tulane Avenue about 3 p.m. Oct. 24.

According to police, Frazier and another man, whose identity is unknown, pushed the 54-year-old victim to the floor and tied her hands behind her.

The men pointed a pistol at the victim and demanded money from her, police said.

The men became startled when the victim’s husband arrived home, and one of the men fired a shot at him, police said. The husband was not injured.

Investigators identified Frazier as a suspect through fingerprints at the scene and through a positive identification by the victims, police said.

Frazier, who is on parole for armed robbery and burglary in Jefferson Parish, is wanted in New Orleans on a charge of aggravated burglary.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Unrelated shootings injure two on Monday

New Orleans police on Monday were investigating two unrelated shootings.

The first one happened about 1 a.m. Monday at Benson and Gervais streets in New Orleans East.

A man was found shot multiple times and was in critical condition at a hospital, police said.

The second shooting happened about 4 p.m. at Milan and South Prieur streets in Broadmoor.

Police said the 18-year-old victim was shot multiple times, but they did not provide information on his condition.

Three injured after forklift hits streetcar

A forklift operator was one of three people sent to the hospital Monday evening when his forklift collided with a streetcar on St. Charles Avenue.

The accident happened about 4:30 p.m. near Audubon Street.

The 45-year-old forklift operator was trying to pass the oncoming streetcar when the collision happened, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

The operator was thrown from the forklift and partially trapped underneath the streetcar. He was pulled out and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Two people on the streetcar also were treated at the hospital for injuries, Robertson said.