Police arrest man in rape, kidnapping case
New Orleans police arrested a man accused of kidnapping a woman, choking her unconscious with a shirt and rope, and raping her, according to court records.
Pharaoh Brazell, 38, was booked last week with aggravated rape, attempted murder and second-degree kidnapping. He is being held in Orleans Parish Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The rape allegedly occurred July 13 after Brazell went to the woman’s home and threatened to kill her mother and daughter if she did not return with him to his home. An argument later began at Brazell’s home, according to a search warrant, “at which point (Brazell) began to beat, kick and elbow the victim about her face and body.”
The next morning, the victim was permitted to leave Brazell’s home “after she promised to tell the police she was robbed and beaten by an unknown male,” Detective Stephanie Tailon wrote in the search warrant.
The woman suffered extensive injuries and had to have her spleen removed due to the trauma, according to the warrant.
Second suspect booked in Lower 9 homicide
Authorities on Tuesday arrested the second suspect in a recent homicide in the Lower 9th Ward.
Jeremiah Washington, 28, was booked on a count of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Korey Reed after he surrendered to the FBI New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force.
Reed, 23, was killed May 26 in the 1900 block of Charbonnet Street.
The FBI and New Orleans police last week arrested Christopher Michael Dixon, 28, in the case and booked him on a count of second-degree murder.
St. Tammany suspect caught in Key West, Fla.
When officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Anthony Triguero in Key West on July 17, they said they found large quantities of ecstasy, PCP and marijuana in his house — discoveries that would begin a three-jail tour for the former Metairie man.
Triguero also was sought by Miami-Dade County officials on drug charges and by St. Tammany Parish detectives, who discovered that Triguero was in Key West and notified the FDLE, according to Capt. George Bonnett, a St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Triguero was wanted in St. Tammany after failing to appear in court to answer charges stemming from a March 2013 arrest during which he was found with 60 steroid pills; 7 ounces of MDMA, or ecstasy; 2 gallons of GBL, which the body metabolizes into the “date rape drug” GHB; and 11 vials of steroids. Detectives also seized $1,190 in cash from Triguero in that arrest, Bonnett said.
Triguero has been booked into the Monroe County Jail on possession with intent to distribute counts. When he bonds out, he will be transported to the Miami-Dade jail to address the charges there. Only when those are resolved will he be sent to St. Tammany Parish to address the counts of possession with intent to distribute MDMA, steroids and GBL, possession of drug paraphernalia and proceeds, and a traffic charge, Bonnett said.
Gunfire wounds two in Algiers, Central City
Gunfire wounded two people in separate shootings Monday night in New Orleans.
The first shooting was reported about 9:15 p.m. in the 6000 block of Tullis Drive in Algiers.
Police said the 19-year-old victim was in critical condition after he was shot in the neck.
The second shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Josephine Street in Central City.
The 19-year-old victim was sitting on the steps of a home when an unknown man walked up and opened fire on him. He was treated at Interim LSU Hospital for a wound that was not serious, police said.
JPSO obtains warrant in Metairie armed robbery
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in an armed robbery in Metairie.
Duwan Seaton is suspected of robbing a 24-year-old woman about 7 p.m. June 6 in the 6200 block of Riverside Drive.
The victim was in the parking lot of her apartment complex when she was approached by a woman armed with a semi-automatic pistol who demanded the victim’s purse.
Investigators identified the robber as Seaton, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Seaton is known to frequent the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans and is believed to be in the company of a woman known to investigators as “Cheeks,” also from New Orleans.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Seaton or the woman identified as “Cheeks” is asked to contact robbery Detective Mark Macaluso at (504) 364-5300, Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force at (504) 589-6079.
NOPD’s 5th District moves to new offices
The New Orleans Police Department’s 5th District, which has had a nomadic existence since its headquarters was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, is finally returning to a permanent and familiar location.
The district station on Tuesday began to move from 4015 Burgundy St. to its pre-Katrina location at 3900 N. Claiborne Ave.
The Burgundy Street office will remain open for a short time as the move is completed.