19-year-old shot Tuesday night in Algiers
A man was shot Tuesday night in Algiers, New Orleans police said.
The incident happened about 8:30 p.m. at L.B. Landry Avenue and Mardi Gras Boulevard.
The victim, 19, told police he heard an argument taking place followed by a gunshot.
He was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Robbery suspects linked to auto thefts
Four men arrested Sunday night for a spate of armed robberies Uptown were booked Monday on auto theft charges, according to court records.
Morris Smith, 17; Taman Martin, 18; Darrell Quinn, 19; and Tevin Quinn, 20, were each booked on one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
According to police records, “detectives learned the foursome had been committing vehicle burglaries since some time in October.”
One of the suspects told police he had committed so many car thefts he couldn’t remember the locations of all the vehicles.
Police said they recovered at least two vehicles stolen by the men. A Chevy Trailblazer was found in the 800 block of Peniston Street and a blue Acura MDX in the 800 block of Gen. Taylor Street.
Police said previously the men may be connected to between eight and 12 robberies.
They allegedly robbed four people in quick succession on Sunday before being arrested after a short manhunt.
Police book inmate in December attack
New Orleans police booked an Orleans Parish Prison inmate on Wednesday with attempted armed robbery and aggravated second-degree battery.
Devontay Jenkins, 17,was already in jail on charges of illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting a police officer and a municipal attachment.
According to police, Jenkins and another man tried to rob and then assaulted a 51-year-old woman with a handgun Dec. 4 in the French Quarter. The incident happened about 8:45 p.m. at Dauphine and St. Louis streets. The woman was treated at a hospital and released.
Police have yet to identify the second suspect.
Man robbed in Lower Garden District
A 36-year-old man was robbed Tuesday night in the Lower Garden District, according to police.
The victim was working on his vehicle in the 1800 block of St. Thomas Street when an armed man approached and told him not to move.
The assailant then searched the man’s pockets and made off with an unspecified amount of cash.
Person of interest named in 2014 murder
Police are looking for Cornell Lewis, 18, who they say might have critical information about a Lower 9th Ward murder.
On Oct. 10, Malik Braddy, also 18, was shot at Lizardi and North Derbigny streets. He died at the scene.
Homicide Detective Andrew Waldron is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.
Woman pleads guilty to bank fraud scheme
A Westwego woman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Cynthia Hefler, 67, was A&H Armature Works Inc.’s office manager and used the position to embezzle funds from the company’s bank account.
Hefler had substantial credit card debts, which were a result of gambling, according to the government.
Gang member sentenced to 40 years
A New Orleans gang member was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday on drug trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Lavell Stovall, 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 or more grams of heroin and conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities.
He also admitted that on June 14, 2010, he participated in a drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of Eula Mae Ivey. Stovall said he and fellow gang members were attempting to kill a rival gang member when Ivey was shot by accident.
Stovall was one of seven defendants charged in an indictment returned in October 2013.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle.
Police seeking man in French Quarter attack
The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with a second-degree battery that occurred Dec. 12 near Bourbon and Bienville streets.
About 4:15 p.m., the man and a woman pulled up in a truck and became engaged in an argument with a construction worker. The woman began yelling at bystanders, and the man then got out of the truck and punched two bystanders for unknown reasons.
While he was walking back to his vehicle, he encountered a 49-year-old man who he punched in the face several times before jumping into the back of the truck as the woman drove away. The victim suffered a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone and a fractured sinus cavity requiring surgery.
The assailant was described as a black male, about 6-feet-4 and 250 pounds. The vehicle was a silver Chevrolet Silverado with tinted windows and a temporary tag 15036947.
The 8th District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080, or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.