NOPD tries to identify location of rape

New Orleans detectives were trying Thursday to find out where and when a woman was raped by an unknown man.

Police learned of the crime when the victim arrived at Interim LSU Hospital about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

She told police an unknown man raped her near or under a bridge but she did not know the location.

No other details were immediately available.

Men hit woman during Algiers home invasion

A woman was hit several times after three men burst into her Algiers home Wednesday afternoon.

The 52-year-old victim was inside her home in the 800 block of Homer Street when three unknown men forced their way in about 2:20 p.m.

The men knocked the woman to the ground and began to hit her, according to a daily police log.

The men ran away after they took her money.

Slidell tax preparer sentenced for fraud

A Slidell tax preparer who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients and the state will spend 3½ years in prison.

John Labee admitted to six felony counts of issuing worthless checks to the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

State District Judge Bonnie Jackson sentenced him Sept. 23 and ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution.

According to a news release, if he fails to pay restitution, Labee will have to serve an additional 14 months behind bars.

Labee was arrested in September 2011 for filing more than 500 fraudulent state individual income tax returns on behalf of clients of Innovative Professional Financial Services, a tax preparation business he operated in Slidell.

N.O. police investigate two armed robberies

New Orleans police on Thursday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

9:44 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of Behrman Place: A masked man walked into a Family Dollar store and ordered the cashier to the floor. The robber opened a cash box with a set of keys, took the money and ran away.

11:56 p.m. Wednesday at South Carrollton Avenue and Burthe Street: A 26-year-old woman was riding her bicycle when she stopped to check her phone. Someone approached her from behind and demanded her belongings. The robber ran away once he had them.

Coroner identifies three recent homicide victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified three recent homicide victims. They were:

Brishen Dorsey, 26, fatally shot Sept. 27 at Egania and North Villere streets.

David Turner, 61, fatally shot Monday inside his home in the 4900 block of Good Drive.

Robert Hamilton, 40, fatally stabbed Tuesday in the 1300 block of Flanders Street.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in any of the cases.

Man shot in robbery dies at hospital

A man shot during a robbery a month ago has died of his wounds, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said.

Wesley Williams was shot about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 4700 block of Downman Road in New Orleans East, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said.

Williams, 66, died Sept. 27 at Interim LSU Hospital from his wounds, Rouse said. Two men shot him during a robbery, according to a daily police log.

Police have not identified a suspect in Williams’ death.

Police arrest suspect in storage-shed theft

A 56-year-old man has been arrested on charges of attempted simple burglary and possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to break into a storage shed at a New Orleans East hotel, police said.

Kevin Jones, 56, was spotted trying to break into the shed behind the Super 8 Motel in the 6300 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 3 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The hotel manager startled Jones, who tried to jump over a fence. However, he injured himself, and officers found him on the ground with minor injuries.

Police arrested him and took him to a hospital for treatment.

The hotel manager told police that the same shed was burglarized Tuesday and that Jones wore a pair of shoes stolen in that incident.

Police say man pointed gun at dad, ran away

Police are searching for a suspect in a recent aggravated assault.

Billy Dukes, 24, allegedly confronted his 52-year-old father and his 29-year-old friend about 7 a.m. Wednesday inside their home in the 2500 block of Mexico Street.

Dukes accused the two of taking money from him and during the argument began to fight his father, police said.

Dukes then went to his bedroom and got a gun, which he pointed at his father and his friend, police said. He then ran out of the house.

Anyone with information on Dukes’ whereabouts is asked to contact 3rd District Detective Roger Caillouet at (504) 658-6030.

FBI arrests suspect in Gentilly homicide case

The FBI on Thursday arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman whose corpse was found dumped under the high-rise bridge in Gentilly this summer.

Anthony Eugene, 35, was booked with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Rebecca Demuth.

Demuth’s body was found July 29 in an overgrown area in the 4200 block of France Road, under the Interstate 10 bridge.

Eugene was arrested without incident before sunrise at his home in the 3500 block of Division Street in Metairie. He was arrested when agents spotted him leaving the home.

He was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on drug charges in that parish after the FBI executed a search warrant on his home related to Demuth’s killing.

He will be extradited to Orleans Parish to face the murder charge.

Police have not identified a motive in the death.

Man booked after missing court

A man was arrested Thursday morning in Houma on a warrant for drug charges in New Orleans, the FBI said.

Jamaar Payne, 31, was picked up about 9 a.m. at the Howard Johnson Hotel in the 100 block of Lamar Street.

Payne, a two-time convicted felon, had a warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on felony drug charges, the FBI said.

He was booked into the Terrebonne Parish jail as a fugitive from Orleans Parish.

Financial adviser gets 42-month prison term

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a New Orleans financial adviser to more than three years in prison for embezzling nearly $2 million from clients.

Jabari Ragas, 40, previously pleaded guilty to embezzling about $1.7 million from clients and failing to pay nearly $260,000 in taxes he owed to the IRS.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Ragas to 42 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Ragas also was ordered to pay nearly $1.7 million in restitution for the money laundering count and $259,210 for the tax fraud count.

According to court documents, Ragas was employed by Ameriprise Financial Services as a registered broker and investment adviser from 2005-09.

Former recruiter, friend charged with theft

A former Louisiana Army National Guard recruiter and one of his friends were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit theft of government funds and identity theft.

A federal grand jury charged Pablo E. Paz, 45, of New Orleans, and Ramon E. Madrid, 29, of Kenner, with the crimes.

According to court documents, Paz was a recruiter for the National Guard when he obtained personal information, such as names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, from potential soldiers who visited his recruiting station.

Paz then allegedly gave the information to Madrid, without the consent of the hopeful soldiers, to obtain incentive payments.

Madrid received about $30,000 in fraudulently obtained recruitment incentive payments and provided a portion of the funds to Paz, authorities allege.

If convicted, the two face a maximum prison term of five years each and a fine of up to $250,000.

Kenner drug dealer gets 10-year sentence

A Kenner drug dealer was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Richard Garrett, 20, was one of 12 people charged in July after a drug investigation in the Lincoln Manor area of Kenner. The drug dealers were part of a gang known as the Flippa Squad.

An investigation found the gang was a major source of crack cocaine for the subdivision.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon sentenced Garrett to 120 months in prison with five years of supervised release following his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine baser.

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