Man stabbed to death Saturday in St. Roch
A man was fatally stabbed about noon Saturday inside a house in the 2400 block of North Tonti Street in the St. Roch neighborhood, New Orleans police said.
Neighbors described the sprawling white structure as a boarding house with many residents. Detectives were questioning the occupants.
The man’s identity was withheld until his family could be notified.
Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5300.
Two surrender in Bunny Friend shootings
Two of the four men identified Friday as suspects in the Nov. 22 mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park in the Upper 9th Ward have surrendered to police. Seventeen people were injured in the shooting at the playground in the 1900 block of Gallier Street.
Rashad Walker, 22, turned himself in at the 5th District station early Saturday morning, police said. He was booked in connection with the shooting.
Lawrence “L” Veals, 19, turned himself in at police headquarters Friday evening. Police did not say whether he was booked.
Police said earlier they planned to book all four on 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
The other two newly named suspects are Quendrick “C4” Bailey, 20, and Michael “Mack” Allen, 29.
Another accused gunman, Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32, surrendered to police Nov. 28, though his mother insists he was in Houston at the time of the shooting.
Police investigators have not ruled out the possibility of other suspects, and they appealed to citizens to continue providing the authorities with leads and photos or videos of the scene.
LaPlace woman killed in crash on Airline
Ora Williams Duhe, 66, of LaPlace, died about 5:30 p.m. Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Airline Highway at Sugarcane Road in St. John the Baptist Parish.
State Police said a preliminary investigation showed that Duhe was driving her 2012 Nissan Altima south when she hit a 2008 Dodge Ram truck as it turned north onto the highway. Duhe died at the scene.
Troopers found that the Nissan’s headlights were not on, although the sun had set.
The truck’s driver, Eugene Yujiro Howard, 37, of Baton Rouge, suffered moderate injuries and was hospitalized for treatment.
Impairment is not suspected, troopers said.
Woman carjacked, hit in head in Treme-Lafitte
About 7:30 p.m. Friday, a woman, 48, was walking to her car near North Miro and Gov. Nicholls streets when a gunman approached her, put a gun to her head and repeatedly said, “Give me your keys.”
When the woman refused, the gunman hit her several times with the gun. He then took her keys and other property and drove off in her car.
Five armed robberies in Gentilly, Mid-City
About 8 p.m. Friday, a gunman robbed a woman, 54, as she stood outside her home in the 1900 block of Wilton Drive in Gentilly.
About 9:15 p.m., two men, ages 22 and 26, were walking in the 300 block of South Lopez Street in Mid-City when they were robbed by a gunman who ordered, “Give up everything.”
An hour later, a man, 39, was by a bus stop near Paris and Milton streets in Gentilly when he was robbed by a gunman who commanded, “Give it up.”
About the same time, a man and woman, ages 24 and 21, were robbed by a gunman in the 3200 block of Conti Street in Mid-City.
About 12:20 a.m. Saturday, a woman, 28, was walking to her car in the 100 block of South Dupre Street in Mid-City when a gunman demanded her handbag. When her response wasn’t swift enough, he struck her several times with the gun, knocking her to the ground, before grabbing her purse and fleeing.
Three sexual assaults reported in two days
About 4 p.m. Friday, a female juvenile in the 3600 block of Eagle Street in Hollygrove reported that she had been raped by a male juvenile.
About midnight, a woman reported being raped by a man she knew near Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and Calliope Street in Central City.
At 1:30 a.m. Saturday, a woman reported a rape by a man she knew in the 3700 block of Marais Street in the St. Claude neighborhood.
No further information was available about any of the incidents.
Man gets 25 years in Slidell robbery
A New Orleans man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Slidell man last April was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday by 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress.
Brandon Domino, 25, was with an accomplice when he confronted a man at gunpoint near Coast Boulevard in Slidell, said Lisa Page, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery. She said Domino stole the man’s cellphone, wallet and car.
Police spotted the stolen car at a Kenner gas station the day after the robbery, but Domino fled, leaving his girlfriend and two small children in the vehicle.
He was caught a month later while he was being treated at an area emergency room for a gunshot wound to the face.
He pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Page said.
Man sentenced in Slidell burglary, battery
A Slidell man who pulled a box cutter on his sleeping ex-girlfriend after breaking into her house pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated burglary and second-offense domestic abuse battery.
Lisa Page, spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery, said James Francis, 28, was sentenced to eight years on the burglary charge and five on the battery charge, to run concurrently.
Francis broke into the woman’s house on Sept. 12 about 5:30 a.m., while she was asleep. She awoke to find him standing over her with a box cutter; he threatened to kill her and her family if she screamed. He fled when the woman screamed anyway.
He pleaded guilty in Judge Raymond Childress’ court.
Suspect arrested in coffeeshop burglary
Covington police said Friday that burglary suspect Bobby Chatman, 18, of Covington, confessed that he broke into Campbell’s Coffee & Tea twice after he was caught on video by newly installed surveillance cameras.
The owner had installed the cameras after a Monday evening burglary and then saw the second burglary in progress while monitoring the cameras through the Internet on Friday.
Covington police officers and detectives viewed the footage, recognized Chatman and took him into custody. Chatman admitted that he had committed the second burglary. He was booked on one count of simple burglary, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Police said the ongoing investigation into the first burglary may result in additional charges.
Six carjacking suspects caught, in custody
Six out of seven suspects in two Thanksgiving-week carjackings in St. Bernard Parish have been arrested; an arrest warrant was issued for the seventh suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Two juvenile males, ages 16 and 15, both from eastern New Orleans, were booked on armed robbery in connection with a Nov. 24 carjacking of a woman sitting in a parked Cadillac Escalade. A warrant for an unnamed man has also been issued in the incident.
Deputies spotted the stolen vehicle minutes later and pursued it into New Orleans, but the two occupants were able to escape after crashing the Cadillac at North Claiborne and Franklin avenues. Investigators were able to identify the suspects through stolen property they possessed that included items taken from vehicles carjacked in Orleans and St. Tammany parishes.
Following the Nov. 23 carjacking of a man’s Infiniti, deputies identified two Violet suspects and arrested them that night. Melvin Pernell, 17, of Violet, who also was identified in connection with the incident, surrendered last week. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old from Violet also surrendered after a warrant was issued for his arrest.