Convicted felon wanted in Algiers assault
New Orleans police are asking for help in finding Jamal Brooks, 26, a convicted felon who is wanted in connection with an aggravated assault that happened Thursday night in Algiers.
About 11:30 p.m., a man answered his front door in the 800 block of Wagner Street and found Brooks pointing a gun at him, police said. The man shut the door, but Brooks fired a shot through it. The man was not hit by the shot but suffered abrasions to his face and was treated at a local hospital.
Brooks was identified as the person who fired the shot after police started investigating the incident. A warrant has been obtained for his arrest on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal damage to property, carrying an illegal weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police said Brooks is considered armed and dangerous and has a history of arrests for murder, aggravated assault, possession of weapons and resisting arrest.
Fourth District Detective Robert King is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6040.
Man sought in robbery in French Quarter
New Orleans police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Tavin Steele, who is wanted in connection with a robbery and battery that occurred Nov. 22 in the 1000 block of St. Philip Street in the French Quarter.
A 59-year-old man was walking to his vehicle about 1:30 a.m. when Steele approached and knocked him to the ground, police said. Steele repeatedly punched and kicked the victim in the face before taking his iPhone 6. The victim sustained a broken nose, several broken teeth and numerous lacerations to the face.
Steele was identified through Crimestoppers tips and the assistance of the Slidell Police Department and Pearl River Police Department.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call 8th District investigators at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Police investigating 3 armed robberies
New Orleans police are investigating three armed robberies that occurred Saturday and Sunday morning.
About 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the Louisa Mini Mart in the Desire area was held up at gunpoint, police said.
The robber entered the business in the 3400 block of Louisa Street and went behind the counter. He pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. He fled after taking the money and the clerk’s cellphone.
The next incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Algiers, police said. A 17-year-old was standing at a bus stop at Westbend Parkway and Vespasian Boulevard when he was approached by an armed man who demanded his money. The robber fled after the teenager complied.
Then, just after 5 a.m. Sunday, a 29-year-old man and an unknown victim were robbed at gunpoint in the 7th Ward, police said.
The 29-year-old and his friend were at North Johnson and Aubry streets when they were approached by several men, one of whom pulled out a gun and demanded the men give up their money and personal property. They complied.
Woman carjacked in New Orleans East
A woman was carjacked Saturday in New Orleans East, police said.
Shortly before noon, the woman was sitting in her car in the 4900 block of Marseille Street when she was approached by two men.
One pointed a gun at her and demanded her belongings and her vehicle. The two men then fled in her car.
Man’s home invaded in Lower 9th Ward
A 74-year-old man told police his home was invaded early Sunday morning in the Lower 9th Ward.
Shortly before 1 a.m., two men forced their way into the man’s home in the 4700 block of North Rampart Street.
They hit him and then left with the keys to his truck.
New Orleans East gas station robbed
A Texaco gas station was robbed Friday night in New Orleans East, and police are asking for help finding the men who did it.
Shortly before 8 p.m., two men entered the business in the 2100 block of Paris Road. Police said one of the men went behind the counter, where he implied to the cashier that he had a gun. He then opened the register and removed some money.
Both men fled in a four-door blue or gray sedan, police said.
The suspect who went behind the counter was described as a black man in his mid- to late- 50s with a medium or chubby build and a medium-brown complexion. He was unshaven and had short salt-and-pepper hair. He was wearing a green jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
The second suspect was described as a black man in his mid to late 50s with a heavy or large build, a medium-brown complexion and a bald head. He was wearing a dark jacket with a dark-colored shirt and pants.
Seventh District investigators can be reached at (504) 658-6070.
Man shot in Hollygrove neighborhood
A man was shot Sunday evening in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans.
Police said the victim was shot in the leg in the 8300 block of Palmetto Street shortly before 6 p.m.
No other information was immediately available.
Carjacking reported Friday in 7th Ward
New Orleans police are asking the public to help find two men wanted in connection with a carjacking that happened Friday in the 7th Ward.
About 4:30 p.m., the men drove up to the 1600 block of North Rocheblave Street in a blue Toyota Tacoma, police said. One man got out armed with a gun and approached the owner of a white 2007 Dodge Charger, bearing Louisiana license plate number YHS272.
The man demanded the keys to the car. He then drove off in the white car, following the Tacoma, traveling eastbound on North Rocheblave.
One of the suspects was described as a 5-foot-4-inch black male, about 18 to 19 years old with a thin build and a brown complexion, He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. A description of the second suspect was not available.
The stolen car has body damage to the front passenger side.
First District investigators can be reached at (504) 658-6010.
Body found early Sunday near Slidell
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were investigating the discovery of a man’s body near Slidell early Sunday.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found about 4 a.m. in a wooded area near Ben Thomas Road.
Detectives were working with Mississippi authorities to locate a person of interest in the investigation.
The Coroner’s Office was expected to establish positive identification of the dead man.