Car crash claims life of Kenner woman

A two-vehicle crash Friday morning on Interstate 10 in West Baton Rouge Parish took the life of Yvonne Gooch, 66, of Kenner, State Police reported.

Their investigation revealed that 56-year-old New Orleans resident Antonio Zapata was traveling eastbound on I-10 in a 2007 Toyota Sequoia shortly after 8 a.m.

As he crossed the La. 415 overpass, his left rear tire blew out.

Zapata lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median into the westbound lanes, where Gooch was driving a 1999 Lexus RX 300. Zapata’s vehicle struck Gooch’s vehicle on the driver’s side, causing it to overturn twice.

Although Gooch was wearing a seat belt, she suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Zapata received minor injuries; his six passengers also received minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

While impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, upon his release from the hospital, Zapata will be booked on counts of negligent homicide, careless operation, child restraint violations and having no insurance, State Police said.

Man taken by car, robbed at gunpoint

A man was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday after being taken from a skate park in Gentilly to New Orleans East, police said Friday.

The 69-year-old man was resting at the skate park at Paris Avenue and Pleasure Street about 11:30 a.m. when three unknown robbers forced him into a car and drove him to Chef Menteur Highway and Crowder Boulevard. There, they took $760 from him and made him get out of the vehicle, police said.

Robbers invade home on Chef Menteur

A 32-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were victims of a home invasion Thursday night.

Police said that just before midnight, three men, all armed with handguns, kicked in the door of a house in the 600 block of Chef Menteur Highway demanding property. They left with cellphones, money and a PlayStation.

Man carjacked on Canal Street

A 20-year-old man was carjacked in Mid-City early Friday morning, according to New Orleans police.

He was sitting in his vehicle in the 4000 block of Canal Street just after midnight when he was approached by two men who demanded his car keys and wallet. The man complied, and the robbers fled in his vehicle.

Man wanted in sexual assault on girl

New Orleans police are asking for help finding an unknown man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

The assault happened about 9 p.m. Monday at the Hidden Lake Apartments in eastern New Orleans, police said.

The victim’s mother notified police that her daughter had reported to her that she had been sexually assaulted by a man.

Detective Jounay Thomas-Ross obtained video surveillance of the suspect walking with the victim in the area of the apartment building, in the 7000 block of Martin Drive. The investigation is ongoing.

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Suspect sought in Wal-Mart robbery

New Orleans police are asking for help finding a man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Wal-Mart store in the 4300 block of Chef Menteur Highway. The robbery happened about 4:40 a.m. Friday, police said.

Video surveillance captured the man walking into the store in a Wal-Mart employee’s uniform. Seconds later, he forced an employee into an office at gunpoint and demanded cash. The employee handed over an undetermined amount of money.

The man then ran out of the store and jumped into the passenger’s side of a gold-colored vehicle, which sped away.

The robber is described as black man with a muscular build. He was wearing a Wal-Mart vest, a blue shirt, dark-colored jeans and white tennis shoes.

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Third District Detective Raionda Edgerson is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6030.

2nd suspect in teen’s shooting in custody

A second suspect thought to be involved in the shooting of a rising senior at St. Augustine High School has turned himself in to police, according to WWL-TV.

The station said Donovan Williams, 25, is now in custody, along with 22-year-old Trever Mitchell. The two men were sought in the shooting of 18-year-old Jawara Givens.

Police said Givens was sitting inside an SUV in the 6800 block of Lake Kenilworth Drive about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when several men with guns approached and started shooting.

Givens was taken to a hospital, where he lived for a day before succumbing to his injuries.