Man shot outside home in Uptown is identified
A man shot to death this month while he reportedly tried to steal a bicycle from outside an Uptown home has been identified.
Jeffrey Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner, said Monday that Timothy Rainwater, 39, died after being shot multiple times about 10 a.m. Nov. 13.
Police allege Bradley Parvez fired the bullets that killed the unarmed Rainwater outside a home in the 1900 block of Fern Street.
Police booked Parvez on a count of second-degree murder.
Woman reports being raped on Sunday
New Orleans police are investigating a woman’s report of being raped.
The incident was reported about 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Burgundy Street.
No other details were available.
Authorities identify man killed in 7th Ward
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man killed Sunday night in the 7th Ward.
Tyrone R. Summers, 26, died of multiple gunshot wounds, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said.
He was shot about 8:20 p.m. at North Claiborne Avenue and St. Anthony Street. Police have not identified a motive or suspect.
Homicide Detective Travis Ward is in charge of the investigation.
N.O. police investigate four armed robberies
New Orleans police on Monday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:
7:24 p.m. Sunday at Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Franklin Avenue: Three teenage boys, ages 17 and 16, were stopped at a red light when an armed man walked up to their car, pointed a gun at the driver and took three cellphones and a laptop computer.
9:41 p.m. Sunday in the 6100 block of Elysian Fields Avenue: An attempted robbery was reported at a Wendy’s restaurant.
11:34 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of Chartres Street: An unknown robber walked up to a man, pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings. The victim handed over what he had, and the robber punched him in the nose before running away.
11:56 p.m. Sunday in the 6100 block of North Claiborne Avenue: An unknown man walked into the Magnolia Discount Supermarket, pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money from the register.
Man wanted in four business burglaries
Police are trying to identify and locate a man wanted in connection with four business burglaries and two instances of criminal damage that happened Saturday in the Central Business District and Warehouse District.
The first burglary happened just after midnight at Firestone Complete Auto Care in the 800 block of Camp Street. Officers found the glass door shattered, the register tampered with and a file cabinet ransacked, but nothing was found to be missing.
The second burglary was reported about 1:20 a.m. at the Q Smokery and Cafe, 639 Loyola Ave. A window was shattered and three cash registers had been pried open and the business ransacked, but nothing was reported missing.
Next, police were called to the Indulge Island Grill, 845 Carondelet St., about 1:50 a.m. The cash register, which had no money in it, was missing.
About 8 a.m., another call came in about a burglary at the Warehouse Grill, 869 Magazine St. Police found the front door shattered and the cash register drawer missing. It had no money, and nothing else was reported missing. The burglary happened between 11:15 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, police said.
About 12:40 a.m. Saturday, an unknown man was seen on surveillance video smashing a window at the National World War II Museum gift shop, 945 Magazine St.
He was seen riding up on a bicycle but fled without going into the store.
About 7 a.m., a shattered window was reported at the Back to the Garden Restaurant, 833 Howard Ave.
Eighth District Detective Jerusha Carroll is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.
One dead, four injured in wreck near Sun
A Mississippi woman was killed and four others were injured Sunday in a two-car accident near Sun in St. Tammany Parish.
The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. when a Dodge Stratus driven by Sonia Taylor, 33, of Foxworth, Mississippi, rear-ended a 1993 Corvette driven by Lenzy Williams, 58, of Bogalusa, on La. 21 as the Corvette slowed to turn into a bingo hall parking lot, according to the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. Taylor was taken to the St. Tammany Parish Heart Hospital, where she later died.
Three passengers in Taylor’s car — Devon Taylor, 11, Mason Taylor, 9, and Beth Wooten, 30 — were taken to local hospitals with injuries. A passenger in the Corvette, 39-year-old Tina Bickham, also was taken to a hospital with injuries.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Deputies revive woman in St. Tammany jail
Deputies used CPR and a defibrillator to revive a woman with no vital signs in the St. Tammany Parish Jail on Saturday night, a spokeswoman said.
The incident began about 11:30 p.m., when an inmate in the holding area was awakened by another woman who “moved against her and made a strange noise,” according to a news release from Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni.
Deputies checked the inmate and when they found no vital signs, they began CPR and deployed the defibrillator. Though they were able to restore a pulse, the woman still had trouble breathing. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation, Carboni said.
The woman’s medical and drug screens showed nothing that indicated she might be in distress, Carboni said. She had been booked on a warrant for failure to appear.
Motorist in Causeway accident identified
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday identified a motorist who was killed when he drove off the Causeway and into Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday as David Zapot, 38.
Zapot is believed to have been the lone occupant of a Toyota SUV that drove off the Causeway’s southbound span about eight miles from the north shore about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office.
Divers from the Sheriff’s Office located the SUV on Sunday, and St. Tammany Fire District No. 4 personnel extricated the body.
The accident is the 14th overboard crash on the Causeway since 1994, and the 11th fatality. All have occurred on the bridge’s southbound span, where the concrete barriers along the edge of the span are 6 inches lower than on the newer, northbound side.
Police seek person of interest in burglary
Police are trying to locate a man known as “Jake” who might have information about a burglary at a French Quarter bar.
The Last Call, 806 Conti St., was burglarized about 10:45 a.m. Friday.
The manager locked his office door and came back 20 minutes later to find the office broken into and a bag of money missing.
“Jake,” whose image was released Monday, is not a suspect in the case but someone detectives want to talk to.
Anyone with information about “Jake” is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.
Man uses keys to burglarize Wendy’s
A man used keys to get into a New Orleans East fast-food restaurant and steal money, police said.
The unknown man got into the Wendy’s at 5701 Read Blvd. about 3 a.m. Sunday. Once inside, he opened a safe with a key and took cash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Donald Sharp at (504) 658-6070.
61-year-old man’s wallet stolen in Algiers
An unknown man stole a 61-year-old man’s wallet from an Algiers store Sunday.
The theft happened about 4:45 p.m. at the Brothers Food Mart at 3622 Gen. de Gaulle Drive.
The victim put his wallet on the counter while waiting to be checked out, at which time a woman walked into the store and asked for directions. The victim walked outside to help the woman and left his wallet on the counter, police said. He returned to find it missing.
Anyone with information is asked to call 4th District detectives at (504) 658-6040.
Two booked in recent Mid-City armed robbery
Two people are behind bars in connection with a recent armed robbery in the Mid-City area.
Victoria Norwood, 23, and Kenneth Harvey, 29, are suspected of robbing 32- and 33-year-old female victims about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at Canal and North Johnson streets.
Police said the suspects walked up to the victims and demanded their property. When the victims continued walking, Harvey, whose hands were in his pockets, implied he had a gun and threatened to shoot if they didn’t listen.
About 4:30 a.m. the same day, officers responded to a call of a suspicious person, later identified as Norwood, near Canal and North Galvez streets.
Norwood was found to have property belonging to one of the victims, and Harvey had a knife, police said.
The victims identified both suspects as the robbers, police said.
Norwood was booked with two counts of being a principal to armed robbery and possession of stolen property.
Harvey was booked with two counts of armed robbery, illegal carrying of weapons and a probation violation. Harvey is on probation until 2017 for aggravated assault with a firearm.
Suspect sought in burglary of dollar store
Police are trying to identify a man wanted in connection with a shoplifting Friday at an Algiers dollar store.
The unknown man walked into the Family Dollar, 4023 Behrman Highway, about 11:15 p.m. Friday and put some CD covers and an LED flashlight into his pants pockets. The items were valued at more than $15.
He then walked out of the store without paying for the items.
The New Orleans Police Department on Monday released a surveillance image of the man.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective Jessica Williams at (504) 658-6040.
Free rides offered during holidays
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering free rides to people who might be too intoxicated to drive during the holiday season.
The free program begins Thanksgiving Day and continues until Jan. 2. Rides are offered anywhere in the parish with no questions asked.
“It is a no-brainer,” Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “Why should you risk killing or injuring yourself or someone else or being arrested for DWI when we will bring you home in St. Bernard? Just call us.”
A sheriff’s deputy will pick up callers and take them to their home in St. Bernard. Anyone who lives out of the parish will be taken to a Sheriff’s Office substation where arrangements can be made to have someone pick up the caller.
Anyone who needs a ride is asked to call (504) 271-2501.