Bourbon Street brawl suspect turns himself in
The last of four suspects wanted by police in a highly publicized brawl that took place early Feb. 1 in front of a Bourbon Street nightclub turned himself in Monday morning, State Police announced.
Enrique Alvarado, 26, of Kenner, was the only one of the four suspects police had identified who was still at large. The other three — Demetrius Domingues, 22; Jovon Murrey, 20; and Potong Tom Davis Jr., 22 — were all arrested Friday in Kenner by State Police.
The four are part of a group called “New Boyz,” according to Col. Mike Edmonson, the State Police superintendent.
They are accused of instigating a lengthy, free-wheeling melee in front of the Bourbon Heat nightclub, in the 700 block of the city’s signature tourist street. A four-minute clip of the fight circulated on Facebook and was viewed tens of thousands of times.
No police were visible in the video, despite the very public setting of the fight, and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison has acknowledged it took the department 10 minutes to respond.
The incident underscored the department’s staffing shortages and prompted city officials to seek long-term assistance from the State Police to help keep the peace in the French Quarter.
Charges dropped in kettle bell killings
Prosecutors have dropped murder charges against a woman charged in the slaying last year of a Reserve couple who were bound with blue rope and dumped into the Intracoastal Waterway in New Orleans East.
Brittany Martin, 25, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice Jan. 30 and appears to be cooperating against her co-defendants in the February 2014 killings of Lekeitha and Kenneth Joseph. Martin, a former state prison guard, was released on $30,000 bond as she awaits sentencing, according to court documents.
Authorities have said the Josephs were the victims of a well-plotted crime involving an attempted cover-up. Their bodies had been weighted down in the water by 30-pound kettle bells.
According to police, Martin had been caught on a surveillance camera purchasing two kettle bells, blue utility rope and other materials investigators believed to be related to the killings.
Charged with murder in the case are Kenneth Joseph’s cousin, Horatio Johnson, 38, and Steven Bradley, 29. A fourth defendant, Frank Mike Jr., 45, has been charged with trying to get rid of evidence.
Mike allegedly drove a van containing some of the victims’ blood to suburban Atlanta and abandoned it there. Kenneth Joseph had borrowed the 2010 Dodge Caravan from his sister shortly before he and his wife went missing.
A pretrial conference in the case has been scheduled for Thursday.
Woman, 20, raped Sunday in City Park
A 20-year-old woman was raped just before 8 p.m. Sunday in City Park, New Orleans police said.
Few details about the crime were immediately available; the incident was listed in a daily email the NOPD sends out about major crimes that occurred during the previous 24 hours.
Police were still trying to determine where in the park the rape occurred, said Officer Frank Robertson, an NOPD spokesman.
The NOPD’s offense log characterized the crime as an aggravated rape.
Man arrested in Kenner gas station robbery
A 37-year-old Gramercy man was arrested Sunday evening and booked on armed robbery after a police officer saw him running from a Kenner service station.
Kenner Officer Chad Hoffmann saw the man flee the Shell Station at 2436 Williams Blvd. in a white Jeep Liberty. He followed the vehicle and arrested the driver, Darren Deroche.
According to police, Deroche entered the business, produced a knife, reached over the counter and removed the money from the cash register.
Police said Deroche confessed to the armed robbery, claiming to have “clicked out” when he saw the cash in the register. All the money was recovered.
Deroche was booked on a count of armed robbery.
He remained in custody, with no bail set.
Three N.O. deaths listed as unclassified
Two men and one woman died Sunday, and their deaths have yet to be classified by police.
The first death was discovered about 10:15 a.m. when a homeless man was found unresponsive at Basin and St. Louis streets by a friend, police said.
The other male was found about three hours later in the 4900 block of Chef Menteur Highway. A maid discovered the 38-year-old in a hotel room, police said.
The final death was discovered about 11:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Royal Street. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Man robbed Sunday by couple on Canal Street
A 28-year-old man was robbed Sunday night by a man and an armed woman.
The incident happened in the 2600 block of Canal Street. After the victim gave over his property, he ran to a nearby restaurant, police said.
Police seeking man in 7th Ward assault
Police are looking for a 21-year-old man who allegedly beat up his girlfriend.
About 9 p.m. Sunday, Corey Bessie got into a fight with his girlfriend, and as she drove off, Bessie got in another car and fired a shot at the car she was in, police said.
No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at Brutus and Allen streets.
Bus driver accused of having sex with teen
A 47-year-old former school bus driver was caught having sex with a 16-year-old girl in his pickup truck by a Louisiana Wilidlife and Fisheries agent who was patrolling the Lake Road Boat Launch in Lacombe on Sunday night, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s Office investigators responding to the incident got a warrant for the arrest of Clint Woods, who was booked into St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Woods was still a driver when this incident occurred but was fired.
The girl is not a student in the St. Tammany Parish school system.
Woods was also given a citation from Wildlife and Fisheries for trespassing.