More armed robberies reported in N.O.
On Monday, the same day New Orleans police announced arrests relating to several armed robberies that happened over the weekend, five more armed robberies occurred throughout the city. Four individuals and one store were targeted.
Just before noon, a 33-year-old man was accosted in the 12300 block of the North I-10 Service Road in New Orleans East by an armed man who ordered the victim to hand over his money. The robber, along with two female accomplices, then forced the victim into a car and drove him to a nearby ATM. They forced him to withdraw money from his account before leaving him unharmed, according to police.
About 6:45 p.m., two juveniles failed in an attempt to steal a 52-year-old woman’s purse in the 1900 block of Mandeville Street in the St. Roch neighborhood. The woman was getting out of her car when the juveniles approached her. One of them had a gun and the other grabbed her purse strap but did not get her purse, police said. They fled the scene without getting any of her belongings.
A Dollar General store in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue was robbed about 8:50 p.m. A man entered the business and jumped over the counter while brandishing a revolver, according to police. Employees locked themselves in the store’s office. After failing to break into that room, the robber fled with money taken from an open cash register.
About 9 p.m., a 22-year-old man was walking near Franklin Avenue and New York Street in the Milneburg neighborhood when an armed man demanded his belongings. The robber made off with the victim’s cellphone, wallet and headphones.
Finally, just after midnight, a man in a tan truck approached a man and woman at the corner of Bourbon and Gov. Nicholls streets in the French Quarter. He demanded the wallet and purse of the two victims, ages 55 and 49, who complied. The thief then fled, police said.
Officials: Man steals truck after getting ride
Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are looking for a suspect in a carjacking that took place Monday morning in the parking lot of a Slidell hotel.
Jonathan Lane Roberts, 30, of Slidell, stopped a man at a gas station on Old Spanish Trail about 6:15 a.m. and asked for a ride to the next exit off Interstate 10, the Sheriff’s Office said. The man dropped Roberts off at the Oak Harbor exit near the Sleep Inn.
While he was helping Roberts remove his belongings from his truck, detectives said, Roberts hit the man in the chest with what is believed to be a handgun and stole his 1996 GMC Sierra pickup truck, bearing Louisiana license plate W831148.
Roberts is wanted on warrants for carjacking and aggravated battery.
He is 6 feet tall, 180 to 185 pounds, and has light brown, short straight hair, hazel eyes and a mole on his left cheek. He has ties to the Bogalusa area as well as to the West Bank, Chalmette and Metairie, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Anyone who has knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Man caught bringing mushrooms into jail
A man who was arrested on a DWI count also was booked Monday for trying to bring psychedelic mushrooms into jail.
When Jordon Davis, 24, arrived at Central Lockup, a deputy searched his pack of cigarettes and found a mushroom and a bud in the box, according to police records. A sample of the substance was placed in a preliminary test kit, which confirmed that it was indeed drugs.
One arrested, one wanted in burglaries
New Orleans police on Tuesday released a photo of a man sought in connection with five home burglaries in Algiers on Jan. 12.
According to police, 26-year-old Jaleesah Walker and 25-year-old Dale Plato, who were driving a red Jeep Wrangler, kicked in the rear doors and took the victims’ possessions. The burglaries occurred in the 2100 block of St. Nick Drive, Tennyson Place, the 300 block of Maumus Avenue, the 2600 block of Hyman Place and the 3900 block of South Inwood Avenue.
On Saturday, detectives found the jeep outside an Algiers apartment, which they then raided. They arrested Walker, who admitted her role in the burglaries, and detectives were able to connect Plato to the burglaries as well, according to police.
Man arrested in theft of firearm, vehicle
New Orleans police arrested a 15-year-old man on counts of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle. They are looking for another youth who was able to escape when the incident occurred Monday at O’Reilly and North Dorgenois streets in the 7th Ward.
About noon, officers saw what they deemed to be a very young male driver with two very young passengers. Checking the vehicle’s license plate, they found it had been reported stolen. As officers approached the car, the driver was able to flee on foot.
The arrested youth, one of the passengers, had a fully loaded handgun, which was stolen, police said.
The other passenger was questioned and released.
20-year-old wanted in auto burglary
New Orleans police are looking for a 20-year-old man in connection with an auto burglary Thursday.
Ryan Faber allegedly stole a wallet and other items from inside a 79-year-old woman’s car in the 800 block of Filmore Avenue, according to police.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.