Harvey man convicted in four armed robberies

Cigarette butts found years ago at two seemingly unrelated crime scenes led to the conviction of a Harvey man Friday on six counts of armed robbery — one count for each of the employees victimized during four separate armed robberies, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said.

Two masked gunmen went on a robbery spree five years ago, targeting businesses on both sides of the Mississippi River.

Sheriff’s Office DNA analysts found the genetic material of Jonathan Isaac on both of the Newport butts, prosecutors said. Detectives searched Isaac’s cellphone history, finding as many as 19 calls in one day around the time of the robberies with Damion Savage, of Harvey.

Savage denied involvement until the detectives found in his apartment two caps, a jacket and shoes that were identical to those worn by one of the armed robbers. The detectives showed Savage images they obtained from the businesses’ security cameras during the robberies and he confessed, prosecutors told the jury. He later repudiated the confession.

Savage, 42, faces up to 104 years in prison on each count. Judge Michael Mentz of the 24th Judicial District Court set sentencing for Thursday.

Savage was convicted of robbing a Subway store on Barataria Boulevard in Marrero, a Subway on Jefferson Highway in Old Jefferson and a GameStop outlet on Promenade Boulevard in Marrero, all in early 2011.

Detectives suspect the duo committed eight armed robberies, according to an arrest report.

None of the six victims could identify their assailants, and detectives were stumped until they found the DNA evidence, prosecutors said.

Savage maintained his innocence at the trial, asserting his confession was coerced and that he was under the influence of heroin when detectives questioned him.

He also has pending charges of possession of heroin, possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia that date to 2010, before he was arrested in the armed robbery cases.

Isaac, 54, of Marrero, is scheduled to stand trial in late June on five counts of armed robbery. He is charged with committing five of the robberies with Savage.

Man shot at from vehicle in St. Claude

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday, someone in a black SUV began firing at a male pedestrian, 18, in the 1200 block of Piety Street in the St. Claude neighborhood.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound and was treated at a hospital.

New Orleans police said they are looking for Dushawn Davis and Tanya Davis, both 18, who may have critical information about the shooting. Police said the two are not considered suspects at this time.

Fifth District detectives are investigating the incident and can be contacted at (504) 658-6050.

Railway worker killed by train in N.O. East

A male Norfolk Southern Railway worker, 55, was struck and killed by a train about 6 a.m. Saturday on the tracks that run alongside Hayne Boulevard, near its intersection with Mercier Street in New Orleans East.

No other information was available.

JPSO reports armed robberies, stabbing

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office announced these crimes:

A man and woman were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday in the 5700 block of the West Bank Expressway in Marrero. They were not injured. The incident was reported about 3:30 a.m.

A man was stabbed Friday night in the 3400 block of Ridgelake Drive in Metairie. His wounds were not life-threatening. The incident was reported shortly before midnight.

Two men were victims of an armed robbery Thursday in the 6200 block of Riverside Drive in Metairie. They were not injured. The crime was reported about 5 p.m.