Man, woman shot Monday night in Algiers
A 20-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were shot Monday night in Algiers, New Orleans police said.
The incident happened about 9:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Sumner Street.
The victims were walking when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside it shot them. The man suffered a graze wound above the eye; the woman suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Police said the shots came from an older-model, possibly 2005-2009, gray or silver four-door Buick sedan.
Further investigation revealed a hit-and-run occurred in the 800 block of Belleville Street after the shooting involving a gray or silver Buick sedan. Detectives believe this may have been the same vehicle used in the shooting.
The 4th District is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6040. Anyone with information also is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
20-year-old arrested in March 2014 murder
A man wanted for a March murder was arrested Tuesday, New Orleans police said.
Tavis Leonard, 20, was booked on counts of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Leonard allegedly shot 33-year-old Charles Meyers several times on March 26 in the 11000 block of Hayne Boulevard.
A 24-year-old man also sustained a graze wound to the head during the incident.
Police seek woman in October shooting
The NOPD is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 31-year-old April Davis, who police said may have critical information about the shooting death of 31-year-old Natalie Simsick.
Simsick’s body was discovered Oct. 21 in a vacant lot in the 800 block of North Derbigny Street. She died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Police did not say what information they think Davis has.
Homicide Detective Melanie Dillon is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.
4 arrested in N.O. East aggravated burglary
The NOPD has arrested Antonio Gabriel, 22; Calvin Varnado, 38; Jasmyne Varnado, 27; and Frederick Nieve, 28, in connection with an aggravated burglary that occurred Dec. 16 in the 7500 block of Trapier Avenue in New Orleans East.
Detectives are in the process of determining the identity of another woman believed to have been involved.
About 8 p.m., the 29-year-old male victim answered a knock at his door, saw a male acquaintance and opened the door. Three men and two women forced their way in. One produced a handgun and demanded property the victim had allegedly taken from one of the two women.
After the victim said he had not taken anything, the woman entered the victim’s bedroom and ransacked it. Not finding what she was looking for, the suspect told the victim she was taking other items for compensation for her property.
The victim and the intruders were past acquaintances.
Gabriel, both Varnados and Nieve without arrested Monday and booked with aggravated burglary.
Rape complaint unfounded, NOPD says
New Orleans police have determined that a sexual assault originally described as happening Monday morning in front of the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street did not occur.
Police first mentioned the incident Tuesday in a daily summary of major crimes. The crime, which was said to involve a 40-year-old woman, was listed as an aggravated rape that happened at 9:39 a.m.
Shortly before noon Tuesday, police sent a follow-up email saying, without elaboration, that “it has been determined that a sexual assault did not occur.”
Tyler Gamble, an NOPD spokesman, said the decision was based on “video surveillance and victim and witness interviews.” He said the department did not anticipate arresting the woman for the filing of a false report.
N.O. police officer suspended after arrest
A New Orleans police officer was suspended Tuesday after being arrested in a domestic dispute in St. Bernard Parish.
Tony Burrell was placed on emergency suspension without pay because of his arrest Monday night on a count of disturbing the peace (domestic).
The incident happened in the 2600 block of Pirate Drive in Chalmette.
Burrell is a five-year veteran of the NOPD.