Daughter beat mother to death, JPSO says
A Terrytown woman was beaten to death inside her home last week by her daughter while the daughter’s boyfriend stood by, Jefferson Parish investigators believe.
Misty Eiermann, 34, and her boyfriend, Bryan Anthony Schwartz, 26, were identified as suspects after they were seen on surveillance video headed to Mary Romano’s home before she was killed and after they gave conflicting statements about their whereabouts when Romano was killed, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Another of Romano’s daughters found the 56-year-old woman dead inside her Terrytown home the afternoon of Sept. 10.
During their investigation, detectives learned that Romano and Eiermann had a documented violent past, Fortunato said.
Days after the homicide, detectives went to the apartment Eiermann and Schwartz share to execute a search warrant. They could not find the two, but inside they found drugs, money and a gun.
On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office learned that Eiermann and Schwartz had been taken into custody at a train station in Richmond, Virginia, Fortunato said. It was not immediately clear why they had been detained there.
Detectives Rhonda Goff and Travis Eserman traveled to Richmond to interview the two, and Eiermann allegedly admitted that she and Schwartz went to her mother’s home Sept. 9.
Eiermann told the detectives that she and her mother got into a fight and that she repeatedly hit her mother in the head with a flashlight, Fortunato said. Eiermann said she and Schwartz then fled in her mother’s car.
Eiermann admitted that drugs and coins found in her apartment were taken from her mother’s home after the fight.
Schwartz admitted that he and Eiermann went to her mother’s residence, but he claimed he remained outside while Eiermann went inside, Fortunato said. Schwartz said that a short time later, Eiermann left the home covered with blood.
Schwartz told investigators that he looked inside and saw that Romano appeared to be dead.
He said he could not recall how he and Eiermann left the home because he had taken drugs earlier.
Warrants have been issued for Eiermann and Schwartz for second-degree murder. Efforts are underway to extradite them back to Jefferson Parish.
Grand jury indicts man in woman’s murder
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted Emilio Calderon on a second-degree murder charge for the June stabbing and strangulation death of Katherine Martinez and a charge of first-degree feticide for the death of the pregnant Terrytown woman’s unborn daughter.
Calderon, 30, of Larose, had been stalking Martinez and became enraged when he learned that the child she was carrying was fathered by another man, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said this summer.
The JPSO said at the time of Calderon’s arrest that he was a former boyfriend, though Martinez’s family said later that the two were never a couple.
Authorities said that even though Calderon allegedly stabbed Martinez three times on June 7, the cause of death was strangulation. Her body was found on the floor of her apartment in the 600 block of Whitney Avenue more than 12 hours after her death.
Martinez’s unborn daughter was not stabbed but was unable to survive her mother’s death.
Calderon is being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on $1 million bail.
If convicted, he faces life in prison without the chance of parole, probation or suspended sentence. The charge of first-degree feticide carries a sentence of up to 15 years.
Woman, 56, jumps to death from high rise
A woman jumped to her death Wednesday afternoon from the high-rise bridge that links Gentilly and New Orleans East, police said.
The 56-year-old woman jumped from the bridge about 4:30 p.m. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Couple arrested after fight ends in stabbing
New Orleans police arrested a man and woman early Thursday morning after an argument ended with one person allegedly stabbing the other.
Mershena Struges, 19, and the unidentified 20-year-old man were arguing inside a home in the 5100 block of Bundy Road when Struges grabbed a pair of scissors about 2 a.m., according to a police log. She then allegedly stabbed the victim.
She was booked on a count of aggravated battery by cutting.
The man also was arrested, but police did not specify his charges.
Woman escapes robber by hopping from vehicle
An armed man forced a woman into a vehicle early Thursday morning in New Orleans East and robbed her before she managed to escape.
The unknown robber ordered the woman into the vehicle about 2:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of Chef Menteur Highway, police said.
The woman was able to open a door and hop out of the vehicle while it was moving.
Robber beats woman after taking her cash
A woman was beaten and robbed after she left a 7th Ward business early Thursday.
An unknown man walked up to the 27-year-old victim about 4:15 a.m. near Duels and Bruxelles streets.
The man demanded her money and beat her before running away with the cash, police said.
Girl filed false police report, authorities say
St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl Thursday for allegedly making a false police report after she claimed a man tried to pick her up while she waited for a school bus a day earlier.
The girl told her parents and deputies that a man in his 30s stopped his pickup truck and offered her a ride about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A detective staked out the bus stop Thursday morning but saw no suspicious activity, said Suzanne Carboni, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The detective saw the girl and her mother, and when he approached the girl to ask if she could re-enact the incident, she was “immediately hesitant,” Carboni said.
The girl then said she thought she had seen a vehicle like the one she described but had made up the story about the man trying to pick her up, Carboni said.
The girl was arrested on suspicion of falsifying a police report. She was released into the custody of her mother.
Police search for man in Quarter beating
New Orleans police Thursday released a description of a man they suspect is responsible for a brutal beating this week in the French Quarter.
About 10 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Decatur Street, the unknown man hit the victim in the head with a beer bottle and began to kick him in the face after he fell to the ground.
The man then ran away toward Esplanade Avenue.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for facial fractures, a broken nose and a broken jaw.
The assailant is described as a white man with a medium build and about 5-foot-9. He wore a dark-colored cap, a black biker vest with patches on the back, dark shorts, a chrome chain biker wallet and tan hiking boots.
Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man booked as felon in possession of handgun
A traffic stop Thursday led to New Orleans police arresting a man on charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Delery Winfield, 26, was pulled over near Dale Street and Dreux Avenue when officers saw him try to make a turn without using a signal, police said.
Officers said they found Winfield, a convicted felon, to be in possession of a fully loaded .40-caliber Glock pistol with an obliterated serial number.
That gun was stolen during an automobile burglary in 2011, police said.
He is on parole for theft of goods until November 2016.
Suspect in Gentilly homicide is identified
A Crimestoppers tip has led to detectives identifying a man wanted in connection with a recent Gentilly homicide.
Police allege Joseph Smooth Jr., 22, shot and killed 31-year-old Chad Forest about 1 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue.
Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Smooth for second-degree murder.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact homicide Detective Amy Robinson at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Grand jury hands up indictments in murders
An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday handed up indictments for the following people:
- Cody Williams, 25, for two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Rinalda Variste and Sandy George, and one count of attempted second-degree murder. The victims were killed and wounded in March near Foucher and South Saratoga streets.
- Keith Matthieu, 27, and Kevin Matthieu, 25, for one count each of second-degree murder in the death of Lamont Lee. The killing happened June 16 in the 3800 block of West Coronet Court.
- Chris Williams, 31, and Jerel Clavo, 28, for two counts each of second-degree murder in the deaths of Shane Bell and Aristotle Seals. The victims were killed May 18, 2011, at Allen and North Rocheblave streets.