Man found shot dead behind N.O. East home

An unidentified man was found gunned down Thursday behind an abandoned home in New Orleans East, police said.

The victim was discovered about 2:25 p.m. in the yard of a home in the 6700 block of Foch Road. He had been shot multiple times, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Robert Barrere at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Woman, 20, reports being raped in Gentilly

A 20-year-old woman said she was raped Wednesday evening in Gentilly, New Orleans police said.

The victim said she was walking near Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Curie Street when she was sexually assaulted about 6:15 p.m.

Police have not identified a suspect or announced any arrests.

Men rob woman of bags on Uptown street

A woman was robbed of her purse and backpack Thursday afternoon in Uptown, Tulane University police said.

The victim was walking near Willow and Lowerline streets when she noticed two men walking toward her. As she passed them, one of the men grabbed her from behind, pushed her to the ground and took her bags.

The woman was not injured.

The two unknown robbers ran away on Willow toward South Carrollton Avenue.

Police described one of the robbers as a young black man with dreadlocks. He wore a red shirt and blue shorts and was tall with a slim build.

The second robber also was described as a young, tall, slim black man with a short haircut. No other description was provided.

Suspect nabbed in Terrytown robbery

Jefferson Parish authorities on Thursday arrested a Terrytown man on suspicion that he robbed a construction worker while on the job.

The Sheriff’s Office said Dernard Harris, 24, approached a 63-year-old construction worker about 8:15 a.m. Thursday near Manhattan Boulevard and Elton Court in Harvey and pulled out a gun.

Harris allegedly demanded the man’s money. The victim handed over his cash and then told two colleagues what happened, causing Harris to run away.

The suspect got in his car and followed Harris, leading Harris to turn around and fire his gun in the direction of his pursuer.

Deputies said they spotted Harris run into vacant apartments on West Chelsea Road, where they found his clothing and gun.

He was found and arrested a short time later trying to hide in a business in the 2300 block of Manhattan Boulevard.

Harris, who has an extensive juvenile and adult arrest record, was booked on a charge of armed robbery, the Sheriff’s Office said.