Metairie man accused of soliciting a minor
A Metairie man convicted of possessing child pornography in 2010 was charged by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office on Thursday on two counts of the same crime and two more of soliciting a minor.
Jason Zeller, 38, was also charged in a bill of information with one count of illegal use of a social networking website.
He was arrested in October after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the FBI found he had sexually explicit photographs of a child under 13 and had been chatting on Facebook with an underage girl.
Zeller was caught in a child-porn sting originating in New Mexico in 2009, when he was found to have transferred hundreds of images from his home in Harahan. He was taken into custody by the state Attorney General’s Office after his home computer was found to have 75 images of rape and sexual abuse of children as young as 5.
He was sentenced in 2010 to three years in prison.
Zeller was released from jail in October after posting a $75,000 bond. His case has been assigned to Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
Man booked on lewd acts in Covington
A man who police say committed lewd acts in front of the clerk at a Covington store on three occasions was arrested Wednesday, Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz said in a news release.
Frederick Mayeaux was booked on stalking, a misdemeanor, after the store clerk identified him in a photo lineup.
Police say that Mayeaux massaged his genitals and became sexually aroused while at the store’s register on Jan. 10 and 25, something that the clerk said he also had done a few weeks earlier. She called police after the third incident.
They zeroed in on Mayeaux as a suspect based on transaction records obtained through the bank that had issued the card he had used for purchases.
The Covington police asked any victims of similar incidents to call (985) 892-8500.
4 hold-ups reported in New Orleans
Two armed robberies, a carjacking and an aggravated burglary were reported in New Orleans on Wednesday.
Police said a 37-year-old man who went to an ATM at 301 St. Charles Ave. about 7 a.m. was robbed by one of three women who accompanied him there. The woman threatened him with an “unknown type object,” according to police, and fled with the money the man withdrew from the ATM.
About 8 p.m., according to police, a 41-year-old woman was parking her vehicle in the 6400 block of Bridgehampton Drive in New Orleans East when she was approached by four men, one of whom had a gun. They took her vehicle and fled.
Another armed robbery happened about 30 minutes later, also in New Orleans East. Police said a 21-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were standing outside a residence in the 4900 block of Bonita Drive when they were approached by two gunmen who followed them into their residence and took $900.
Finally, police said, a 38-year-old man was approached from behind by three teens in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street about 11:30 p.m. One youth had a silver, semi-automatic handgun and stole the man’s iPhone 6 from his pocket. Someone punched the victim in the face, and the trio fled.
Woman reports rape on Caton Street
A woman reported being raped in the 1400 block of Caton Street in Gentilly about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, New Orleans police said. They gave no further details on the attack.
Man attacked inside abandoned residence
New Orleans police said in an offense log that a 28-year-old man was attacked about 2 a.m. Thursday inside an abandoned residence in the 1600 block of Arts Street in the St. Roch neighborhood.
The attackers beat the victim with baseball bats and then stabbed him, police said.
Deputies seek suspect in Metairie rape
Deputies are looking for a New Orleans man wanted in connection with the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Offfice said Thursday.
Authorities allege Terrance Morgan, 23, had a gun when he raped the girl in the 3100 block of Edenborn Avenue in Metairie on Jan. 7.
Morgan’s listed address is on Boston Drive in New Orleans East, but authorities have not been able to locate him. They asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Sheriff’s Office Detective Kevin Tillman or Lt. Curtis Matthews at (504) 364-5300.
Armed robbery suspect sought in two parishes
The New Orleans Police Department said Thursday that it had obtained a warrant for the arrest of Christopher Simms, 30, in relation to a Jan. 15 robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2600 block of St. Claude Avenue. Police claim Simms pointed a gun at the cashier and fled in a maroon 1992 Cutlass Supreme.
Police said they also have connected Simms to an attempted armed robbery at another McDonald’s, at 1918 N. Broad St., on Jan. 17, as well as other robberies in the region.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office believes Simms further robbed a Dollar General store at 8030 West Metairie Ave. in Metaire with a handgun on Jan. 29.
Deputies said Simms’s Oldsmobile has Mississippi license plate LWJ 306, a sunroof and a luggage rack on its trunk.