Arrest made in Tulane drug deal robbery
A Tulane University student went straight to campus police for help after being robbed at gunpoint during a marijuana deal gone wrong on Dec. 6, according to an arrest warrant.
A month later, the student’s police report led to the booking of 18-year-old Eugene Allen, of Gautier, Mississippi, in connection with the armed robbery, which police said happened in the early morning on the Uptown campus’s Josephine-Louise Hall quadrangle, near Broadway and Plum Street.
Tulane police said the student told them he was approached about 1 a.m. Dec. 6 by a non-student in the company of three other men who asked him for help in buying marijuana.
The student, who is not named in the warrant, then called a “known contact” to ask for the drugs, according to Tulane police. All the parties then headed to the Josephine-Louise Hall quad to complete the transaction.
Along the way, one of the non-student’s associates asked the student to help him change two $100 bills into smaller denominations, police said. When the “contact person” came to the quad with $200 worth of marijuana, campus authorities said, he gave the drugs to one of the men, who then took out a silver revolver.
The gun-toting man pushed the weapon’s barrel into the student’s gut so hard that it left a red bruise, police said, and the student handed back the two $100 bills.
Tulane detectives said a Facebook page photo allowed them to identify Allen as a suspect. Several witnesses confirmed that Allen was the armed robber, according to Tulane detectives.
A judge set bail for Allen at $50,000 on Wednesday. He was released from jail by Thursday.
A Tulane spokesman declined comment on whether the student will face any sanctions for helping arrange the drug deal, citing an ongoing investigation into the robbery.
In a separate incident last month, police said a 20-year-old man let two men into a Tulane dorm on Dec. 8 and was robbed at knifepoint when he told them he no longer sold drugs.
Armed robbers also demanded drugs Nov. 15 from two Tulane students in an off-campus residence in the 800 block of Broadway, according to police, then left the residence with several stolen objects.
Orleans grand jury indicts three Thursday
An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted a 35-year-old man with a history of DWI arrests on a charge of vehicular homicide in a Sept. 30 crash that killed city employee Gloria Reed-Moses.
Reed-Moses, 48, an administrative assistant for the city, stepped off a bus and was crossing the street about 8:30 a.m. at Tulane and Loyola avenues when she was struck by a Porsche Boxster driven by Michael Clement, who police said was intoxicated. She died four weeks later.
Clement was initially booked on counts of vehicular negligent injury and DWI. His prior DWI and drug arrests were in Texas, dating back to 1997, court records show.
Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich set bail at $250,000 for Clement, who has remained free on $50,000 bond since shortly after his arrest. Clement faces a prison sentence of five to 30 years if convicted.
The grand jury also returned a six-count indictment accusing Joseph Steptore, 49, of aggravated rape, aggravated incest, molestation of a juvenile, forcible rape and aggravated crime against nature.
The indictment alleges that Steptore committed those acts upon the same victim, who is now 18, beginning in January 2005 and continuing until September 2015.
The sixth count in the indictment accuses Shajuandra Steptore of obstruction of justice around the time of the last of the alleged crimes in mid-September.
Zibilich set bail for Joseph Steptore at $3.75 million and for Shajuandra Steptore at $150,000.
Man’s body found in Harvey pond Thursday
Jefferson Parish deputies said a body found Thursday afternoon in a pond at 1901 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey may be that of a Hispanic man who was reported missing from Terrytown on Jan. 5.
The man’s death is being treated as unclassified pending an autopsy. His name was not released.
Gun, drug convictions yield 10-year sentence
A New Orleans man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to heroin possession and a gun charge, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.
Tyrone Taylor, 47, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon.
He had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 100 or more grams of heroin and a quantity of cocaine hydrochloride, as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Carjacking reported in New Orleans East
A 24-year-old man who had pulled over to the side of the road to check on his vehicle was carjacked about 11 p.m. Wednesday in New Orleans East, police said.
The man was in the 12300 block of the South Interstate 10 Service Road when several men stole his property and vehicle, police said.
Amtrak train hits truck in Kenner
Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Thursday after an Amtrak passenger train hit a truck in Kenner.
Kenner police said a plumbing truck drove around the crossing guards at the intersection of Hanson Street and Kenner Avenue about 2:30 p.m. in an attempt to beat the train. The train crashed into the rear of the truck.
The driver was not injured, police said, and was cited for not having a driver’s license and failing to yield. Two passengers and an engineer on the train complained of minor injuries.
Suspect arrested in St. Roch shooting
New Orleans police said they arrested a teenager in connection with the shooting of a 22-year-old man on a porch in the 1800 block of St. Roch Avenue on Jan. 2.
Police said they believe Joquian Foster, 17, was involved in the shooting that struck the victim in his foot about 7:30 p.m. They said the investigation is ongoing. Foster was booked on aggravated battery by shooting.
Guilty plea in home elevation grant theft
A 43-year-old Marrero woman pleaded guilty Thursday to the theft of $50,000 in federal home elevation grants, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.
The woman, Cindy Dandridge, owned a home in Marrero. Polite’s office said she used the money to pay for personal expenses instead of raising the residence, as required. She faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Suspect arrested in Dec. 2 killing
New Orleans police said Wednesday that a warrant squad arrested Damone Wilson, 24, in the Dec. 2 shooting death of Shannon Williams, 45, in the 1200 block of Belleville Street.
Williams was found lying in the street about 1 a.m. after being shot. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A judge set bail for Williams at $350,000.
Police have not offered a motive for the killing.