Suspect in shooting of Irish cop ID’d

New Orleans police have identified a suspect in Tuesday morning’s shooting of an Irish police officer in the 7th Ward, and they are hoping the public can help locate him and an unidentified second man.

Melvin Galle Jr., 40, is wanted on an arrest warrant for attempted murder and armed robbery, according to an NOPD news release.

The victim, a 30-year-old police officer from Ireland named Brian Hanrahan, told police he met a man that morning who said “he knew of a place where they could get a drink,” so Hanrahan got $200 out of an ATM and accompanied the man to the 2200 block of New Orleans Street, according to the NOPD. There, Hanrahan encountered another man who demanded his money; when Hanrahan refused, the second man shot him, leaving him in the driveway of a home with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police have not described Galle’s alleged role in the shooting. Authorities have released a sketch of the other man as well.

Anyone with information about Galle’s location or the other man’s identity is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect arrested in pizza driver robberies

A man who allegedly lured pizza-delivery drivers to abandoned Central City apartments and robbed them at gunpoint has been arrested in two cases, New Orleans police said Sunday.

Tyrone Lowe, 33, was booked in connection with robberies Jan. 25 in the 2300 block of Washington Avenue and Thursday in the 2500 block of Jackson Avenue, according to an NOPD news release.

“Detectives obtained a search warrant for Lowe’s apartment in the 2300 block of Washington Avenue,” the release said. “Detectives searched the apartment and found evidence linking Lowe to the robberies.”

If Lowe is convicted of armed robbery, he faces between 10 and 99 years in prison.

Man shot Sunday on Delachaise Street

A man in his late 20s was shot in the back early Sunday morning in Broadmoor, New Orleans police said.

The victim told police he was in the backyard of a home in the 3900 block of Delachaise Street when someone began shooting at him. He was treated at the hospital.

Security guard, man robbed in Central City

A security guard and another man were robbed at gunpoint at a Central City construction site early Sunday morning, New Orleans police said.

The 23-year-old security guard at a construction site at Erato and South Robertson streets was approached about 3 a.m. by a man who put a gun to his head, according to police. The man took the guard’s gun, cellphone and keys.

He then struck a 20-year-old man in the head, took his cash and fled.

Driver robbed on Clouet St. after crash

A driver who rear-ended another vehicle was robbed Sunday morning on Clouet Street in the Desire neighborhood.

Shortly before 4 a.m., a man in his late 20s was in the 2700 block of Clouet when he hit another vehicle from behind, police said. Both pulled over, and the driver of the other vehicle displayed a 9 mm pistol and demanded the victim’s property.

Victim identified in Central City house fire

The woman who died in Saturday’s house fire at 2403 S. Saratoga St. in Central City has been identified by Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse as 28-year-old Erica Moten.

Firefighters extricated her from the house and took her to the hospital, but she was pronounced dead there. Rouse said Moten died of smoke inhalation.

Moten’s boyfriend also was treated for injuries he received after jumping out of an upstairs window, the New Orleans Fire Department said Saturday. Her 7-year-old niece escaped from the house unharmed, officials said.

Suspect sought in robbery of daiquiri shop

A 29-year-old man is wanted after allegedly robbing a Terrytown daiquiri shop at gunpoint Saturday afternoon, and Jefferson Parish detectives are hoping the public can help locate him.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, a man with a gun entered the Daiquiri Place at 445 Terry Parkway and demanded money, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Detectives checked nearby security cameras, and Deputy Chad Romaguera found an image of a man he recognized as 29-year-old Joey Copous, a JPSO report states.

Detectives got a warrant for Copous’ arrest on counts of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm, but they couldn’t find him at known haunts.

The JPSO said Copous may be traveling with other men in a burgundy Jeep — possibly a Grand Cherokee about 15 years old — with silver trim along the bottom.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the JPSO robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Person of interest sought in N.O. robbery

The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Dominic Weber, who may have information about an armed robbery that took place Tuesday at Decatur and Conti streets.

About 12:30 a.m., the victims were walking when an older-model black Nissan Camry drove up to the intersection and stopped. The driver got out, produced a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. He then drove away.

Weber is not a suspect in the incident, but detectives think he may have critical information about it.

Eighth District detectives are in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.

One arrested, one sought in theft of Rolex

On Jan. 17, two men were looking at Rolex watches at a jewelry store in Lakeside Mall in Metairie when they walked out of the store without paying for a gold Rolex men’s Day/Date II watch, valued at $34,850.

Detective Nathan Penton learned the suspects had tried the same scheme that day at another jewelry store in the mall, but nothing was taken in that incident. He also learned about an incident at a jewelry store on Canal Street where two men fitting the same description were “acting suspicious” while looking at Rolex watches, the JPSO said.

In that incident, a store clerk photographed the driver’s license of one of the men, Darren Mitchell, 23. Penton prepared a photographic lineup, and Mitchell was positively identified as one of the men who walked out of the Lakeside store with the stolen watch. An arrest warrant was issued for Darren Mitchell, but he remains at large.

On Jan. 21, Penton received a call from a man claiming to be Mitchell, who said he had been at Lakeside Mall with a man he knew only as Torey. Through various databases, Penton identified that man as Torey Moore, 24, and witnesses identified him in a photographic lineup as the man who was with Mitchell on Jan. 17 at Lakeside.

An arrest warrant was issued for Moore, and on Jan. 26, he was arrested at his mother’s residence in New Orleans. Moore told Penton he was with Mitchell when he stole the watch from the jewelry store at Lakeside Mall. Moore was booked in Jefferson on one count of theft.