Authorities arrest Metairie purse snatcher suspect

Jefferson Parish authorities have arrested a man suspected in two recent purse snatchings in Metairie.

Eric Robertson, 31, of Metairie, allegedly confessed to investigators that he grabbed purses from women during separate incidents Tuesday and Wednesday.

The more recent grab happened about 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Edenborn Avenue.

A 69-year-old woman was robbed of her purse in that block and later identified Robertson as the man who took it, said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Robertson was found in the 4000 block of Hessmer Avenue inside a Cadillac that had been seen leaving the scene of the crime, Fortunato said.

Detectives located the victim’s property inside Robertson’s car and apartment, he said.

During questioning, Robertson admitted to another purse snatching Tuesday in the 4100 block of Division Street, Fortunato said.

A second man wanted in that incident remains unidentified and at large. Robertson told detectives that he did not know that man but gave him a ride that night, Fortunato said.

The victim and a witness from that incident both identified Robertson after being shown a photo lineup.

Robertson was booked with two counts of purse snatching.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the second man involved in the Division Street purse snatching is asked to contact Detective Marc Macaluso at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

N.O. police arrest man sought in Central City murder try

A man sought in connection with an attempted murder this week in Central City has been arrested.

Erik Rowel, 33, was picked up Wednesday evening and booked on a count of attempted first-degree murder, New Orleans police said.

He remained jailed Thursday on the attempted murder charge as well as an out-of-state warrant from San Antonio, according to Orleans Parish Prison records. His bail was set at $200,000.

Police allege Rowel stabbed someone in the neck May 14 in the 3500 block of South Liberty Street.

Police seek suspect in burglary, assault with firearm

New Orleans police are searching for a 21-year-old man in connection with an aggravated assault and burglary.

Yasmond Perry, 21, is wanted on a warrant for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and simple burglary of an automobile.

He is known to frequent the B.W. Cooper housing development, police said.

Anyone with information on Perry’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Drew Deacon at (504) 658-6122 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Con men steal cash from convenience store in Meraux

St. Bernard Parish authorities are trying to identify two men who they say stole hundreds of dollars from a convenience store by conning the cashier.

The Meraux store was knocked off May 13 during a ruse called a “quick-cash scheme,” the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

One of the men distracted one employee while the other made a purchase at another register with a $100 bill.

After handing over the bill, the man asked for it back then had the clerk break it several times into smaller denominations, ultimately walking away with several hundred dollars, Pohlmann said.

Store surveillance cameras recorded the men driving away in a late-model silver or tan Chevrolet Silverado pickup with an extended body and a cover over the bed.

Anyone with information on the men’s identities is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501.

Police try to identify woman with stolen credit card

New Orleans police are trying to identify a woman who was recorded using a stolen credit card at several Irish Channel businesses.

The card was taken during a vehicular burglary May 10 in the 800 block of Second Street.

The unknown woman is black, 38 to 45 years old, about 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds, with black hair in a ponytail and a scar above her left eyebrow.

Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Detective Anya Hilliard at (504) 658-6145 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.