Woman carjacked while delivering pizza
A woman delivering pizza in New Orleans East was carjacked Wednesday night, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
The victim, 32, was approached by an armed man in the 7600 block of Woodbine Drive about 11:30 p.m.
He demanded she get out of her vehicle. She complied, and the man drove away in it.
Police: Kenner man arrested in cover-up
Kenner police arrested a man they said covered up the events surrounding the drug-related death of his girlfriend.
Kevin Jago, 33, initially called police about 6 a.m. Feb. 22 about his girlfriend, Cristen Lacroix, 26, who was suffering from a drug overdose. He told officers Lacroix had been out with friends all night. She died three days later.
After investigating the claims, Kenner police found surveillance video that showed Lacroix had never left their apartment that night. The video also showed Jago carrying Lacroix’s body out of the apartment building and laying it on the pavement before first responders arrived, according to Kenner police.
Investigators said they also found drug paraphernalia and residual amounts of heroin in the apartment.
Jago was booked on obstruction of justice, injuring of public records by a false report, illegal possession of heroin and prohibited acts (drug paraphernalia).
1 arrested, 1 wanted in gun incidents
New Orleans police arrested one man and are looking for another in two gun incidents Tuesday evening in Algiers.
The first happened about 7 p.m. when officers on patrol said they observed Jeremy Ruffin acting erratically as they approached in their squad car near Wagner and Newton streets. The officers said they saw what they thought was a gun in Ruffin’s pants. After searching him, they found a loaded .38-caliber pistol and a small amount of marijuana, according to police.
Ruffin was booked on illegal possession of a firearm while in possession of a narcotic, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.
About three hours later, near L.B. Landry Avenue and Hero Boulevard, detectives spotted what they thought to be a drug transaction between a man in a silver Toyota Camry and a pedestrian. When the detectives tried to arrest the driver, later identified as Jeramie Sparks, he sped off and later crashed at Thayer Street and Hero, police said. Sparks remains at large. Officers said they found a handgun, which had been reported stolen, in Sparks’ vehicle.
Sparks is wanted on counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.
Woman arrested in cutting incident
New Orleans police said they arrested a 23-year-old woman after she cut another woman Wednesday evening in the 3100 block of North Prieur Street in the St. Claude neighborhood.
Shaval Johnson and the victim were fighting about 9 p.m. when the argument got physical and Johnson pulled out a razor blade and cut the victim, according to police. The victim was taken to the hospital
Woman robbed on Hollygrove Street
A 61-year-old woman was robbed by an armed man about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The man came up to the woman in the 3900 block of Hollygrove Street and demanded her purse and keys.
The woman gave them to him, and he fled.
Two sentenced for drug distribution
A U.S. district judge sentenced two people Thursday on charges relating to the distribution of heroin.
Ambrose Williams, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin. He will serve 10 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Antoinette Kelly, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing a quantity of heroin and was sentenced to 15 months in jail.
Both cases were wrapped up in a larger drug trafficking investigation in New Orleans East by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local law enforcement agencies.