Pedestrian killed in traffic accident
A 24-year-old man was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident in the St. Roch neighborhood.
Shortly after 6:30 a.m., a 27-year-old man was driving a gray Nissan Titan truck southbound on Franklin Avenue while a pedestrian was trying to cross the street at North Claiborne Avenue, police said. The truck hit the man and carried him several feet. He died at the scene.
Police said blood and alcohol tests are pending.
NOPD: SUV thief briefly takes 3-year-old
A 3-year-old boy was briefly taken when a man stole a 64-year-old woman’s SUV Friday afternoon, New Orleans police said.
The woman was parked in the 800 block of St. Charles Avenue about 1 p.m. when she got out of the car, leaving her grandson in the back seat.
The woman told police she got out of the Toyota Sequoia briefly to put items inside it. She then realized that a man had jumped into the driver’s seat and taken off.
The man stopped the vehicle near St. Joseph and Camp streets to let the child out, leaving the boy on the sidewalk unharmed, police said.
N.O. police report two carjackings
New Orleans police reported two carjackings Friday and Saturday morning.
A 55-year-old woman was in the 100 block of South Liberty Street when a man approached and implied he had a weapon. He forced the woman to give up her keys and then fled. Police said the man was apprehended and the woman’s car was recovered. They didn’t say what time the incident occurred.
Another carjacking was reported Friday night when a 27-year-old woman was held up at gunpoint in Central City, police said.
The woman was at Jackson and South Claiborne avenues about 11:30 p.m. when a light came on in her car indicating she had a flat tire. She stopped to check her tires when she was approached by a man who demanded her car. He fled in the vehicle after she complied.
Another ‘110’er’ gang member pleads guilty
Another accused member of the notorious Uptown “110’ers” gang pleaded guilty Friday to charges contained in a state racketeering indictment centered on the May 29, 2012, killings of 5-year-old Briana Allen and Shawanna Pierce in Central City.
Charlie “Mac” Brown also pleaded guilty to a separate killing in the River Garden complex in 2012.
Brown, 22, was not accused directly in the deaths of Allen and Pierce, though he was accused in the indictment of the murders of three rival gang members in two separate incidents in 2011, as well as the Feb. 26, 2012, murder of Corey Henderson.
He pleaded guilty Friday to the main racketeering charge from the 2013 indictment, along with a weapons count and two manslaughter counts for Henderson’s killing and that of the victim in the River Garden complex.
A plea deal calls for him to serve 50 years, said his attorney, Benjamin Sanders.
Brown was among 15 alleged members and associates of a St. Thomas-area street group accused in at least 15 murders since 2008.
Three of those named in the indictment — Demond “Lil D” Sandifer, Sam “Lil” Newman and Tyron “T-Man” Harden — were convicted last month in the murders of Allen and Pierce, among other crimes.
They are slated to receive life sentences. Brown faced the same fate if convicted at trial, Sanders noted.
“He did it at the request of his mother,” Sanders said of the plea deal. “His mother was very adamant she wanted to see him at some point in time get out of jail.”
Man wanted in murder arrested in S. Carolina
A man wanted in New Orleans on counts of attempted murder and cruelty to animals has been arrested in Union, South Carolina, according to New Orleans police.
Nashawhan Thompson, 21, was being sought in an incident that occurred Dec. 23 in the 9100 block of Dixon Street.
Police said a 21-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man walked out of their home about 8:30 a.m. Dec. 23 and saw what appeared to be a blue Ford Focus or Fusion approach the intersection of Dixon and Hamilton Street.
The victims told police the vehicle stopped and three men jumped out and started firing gunshots at them. As the victims ran back to their home, the gunmen ran after them and continued shooting. After the victims ran into the house, one of the men fired shots into the house, striking a dog that was locked in a kennel. Neither victim was injured during the shooting. The dog was shot twice and survived.
Two men, 21-year-old Desmond Horton and 18-year-old Jaylon Johnson, were arrested Dec. 27 on counts related to the shooting. Both Horton and Johnson were positively identified by the victims.
Once Thompson is extradited, he will be booked on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated criminal damage to property, police said.
Three armed robberies reported in N.O.
Three armed robberies happened in New Orleans between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, police said.
The first occurred about 4 p.m. when a 42-year-old man was walking in the 12300 block of the North I-10 Service Road in New Orleans East. Two men approached and one put a gun to his back and went through his pockets. The robbers took $490 and fled.
Four hours later, a 44-year-old man was robbed in Gentilly. The man was in the 2400 block of Verbena Street when he was approached by two armed men. One demanded, “Give me your keys.” The victim complied, and the two men fled in his car.
Then, early Saturday morning, an 18-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were robbed at gunpoint in the French Quarter.
Police said the pair were standing by their car parked at Bienville and North Front streets about 5:20 a.m. when three men, armed with a gun, approached and demanded their property. The two victims complied, and the robbers fled.
Arrest warrant issued in Friday stabbing
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a woman following a cutting reported in Central City.
Sheryl Dennis, 49, is wanted in connection with the incident about 11 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue, police said.
Dennis was fighting with a 27-year-old woman when Dennis stabbed her with an unknown object, police said. The victim went to a hospital.
Cutting incident is reported in Marrero
A woman was cut and injured in Marrero in the 460 block of Robinson Avenue, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The incident was reported about 2 a.m. Saturday. The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.