FBI charges N.O. man in bank robbery

The FBI has charged a New Orleans man in a bank robbery last week on Elysian Fields Avenue.

Levert Leonard Laymon, 27, faces one count of bank robbery in the March 31 heist, according to court records. Laymon allegedly confessed to the robbery shortly after he was taken into custody the following day, authorities said.

Laymon walked into the Whitney Bank branch about 10:20 a.m. and handed the teller a note that stated, “No alarms or police, don’t be a hero, give me the money in the drawer,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

Laymon fled the bank with money that contained a “dye pack and bait bills enclosed in a white envelope,” according to the complaint. “A witness saw (Laymon) running down an adjacent street from the bank when the dye pack exploded, and the witness saw a cloud of reddish smoke,” the complaint says.

The robber tried to brush the dye pack “off of his person,” the complaint says, and left the money behind.

After images of the suspect were published by local media, two witnesses contacted the FBI and implicated Laymon as the robber.

NOPD sgt. given new job after boss is shot

A New Orleans Police Department sergeant who was questioned Friday in connection with the shooting last fall of his supervisor was transferred to desk duty two days later.

Sgt. Willie Davis, 56, was moved to a desk job effective Sunday. An NOPD spokesman said he had been shifted from a position as the department’s fleet manager to a new job performing administrative duties at the 911 call center.

Internal investigators have been examining whether Davis had any role in the wounding in October of his supervisor at the fleet management job, Cmdr. Derek Frick.

Public Integrity Bureau Lt. Kevin Burns wrote in a March 2 warrant obtained by The New Orleans Advocate that he had “learned that Willie Davis may have been (involved) or shared responsibility in the attempted murder.”

Tyler Gamble, the Police Department spokesman, said the transfer had been in the works “for some time now.”

“He has served as fleet manager, which is a position that has been identified as one that can be performed by a civilian,” Gamble said. “That position was created, candidates were interviewed, and a civilian replacement has been identified and hired.”

A search warrant for Davis’ hospital records indicated that he requires dialysis treatment, meaning he may suffer from a medical condition that prevents him from performing patrol duty like other officers moved to the streets under the NOPD’s recent wide-scale redeployment.

NOPD: Woman beaten up; $2,400 stolen

A 48-year-old woman was beaten up by at least three men and had $2,400 stolen during an apparently drug-related burglary in Mid-City on Wednesday afternoon, according to New Orleans police.

The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. in the 500 block of South Hennessey Street.

According to preliminary information, the woman said three or four men broke open the front door, hit her with the butt of a gun, punched her and stole $2,400.

Police said investigators found that the woman had “engaged in multiple narcotics transactions” before the attack.

Police said their investigators “believe this aggravated burglary is a direct result of the previous narcotic activity.”

Suspect in truck stop shooting surrenders

New Orleans police said one suspect in a double shooting Tuesday night at the Mardi Gras Truck Stop has surrendered.

Police said Thomas Stevens, 41, got into a fight with one of the two victims shortly before midnight at the truck stop, 2411 Elysian Fields Ave. They said Stevens then started shooting.

One man suffered a wound to his right hand. The other suffered a graze wound to his head, a wound to his left thigh and wounds to both feet.

Stevens has been booked on two counts of aggravated battery. Police said he turned himself in to the 5th District station Wednesday afternoon.

Metairie man gets 10 years for sex trafficking

A Metairie man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for trafficking a 16-year-old girl to New Orleans to work as a prostitute.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance sentenced Torrey Ledell Davis, 44, to 121 months in prison, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

Authorities said Davis drove the girl from Jackson, Mississippi, to Metairie to work for him in the French Quarter in November 2012.

Trio sought in robbery of strip club patron

Three people are being sought in connection with a March 26 armed robbery near the Passions strip club in New Orleans East.

Police said the victim left the club about 3 a.m. with a dancer at the club and headed to his vehicle, parked at a nearby restaurant. At that point, according to police, one man pointed a gun in his face.

When the victim tried to run, two more men opened a vehicle door to knock him down, police said. One of them then stole money from his pockets, a gold chain from his neck and a cellphone.

Police described the man with the gun as a black male about 25 years old, with a slim build, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with low-cut hair and a tattoo in the middle of his forehead. He was wearing a purple LSU shirt and Timberland shoes.

Police asked anyone with information about the robbery to call the 7th District Detective Unit at (504) 658-6070.