Fingerprints give clue to slain woman’s identity

A body found shot to death and partially burned last week in New Orleans East has been tentatively identified as that of a California woman.

Fingerprints taken from the corpse led authorities to believe the woman, who carried no identification, is Ayanna Woodward, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Woodward, 28, is believed to be from Santa Ana, California, and also used the aliases Alicia Green and Alicia Smith, Gagliano said.

Attempts to contact next of kin have been unsuccessful, he said.

The body was found June 30 along a secluded area of Michoud Boulevard near Interstate 10. An autopsy determined she likely had been dead 24 to 48 hours.

She had been shot multiple times in the chest and arms, and her back was doused in an accelerant and partially burned, apparently in an effort to hide the cause of death, officials said.

Police have not identified a motive or suspect in her slaying.

Anyone with information about Woodward is asked to contact homicide Detective Rayell Johnson at (504) 658-5300 or the Coroner’s Office at (504) 658-9660.

Suspect in teen’s death surrenders at Jeff jail

The man identified as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a West Bank teenager this week turned himself in at the Jefferson Parish jail on Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Joharri Walker, 19, was booked with a count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 16-year-old Stefan Johnson on Thursday afternoon in Marrero.

Johnson was pronounced dead at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans before briefly being revived. He died a short time later.

Walker denied knowing Johnson when asked about the allegation by a nola.com reporter who happened to be at the jail when he surrendered.

One booked in shooting at Central City park

New Orleans police have arrested one man in connection with a recent shooting at a Central City park and playground.

Jonterry Bernard, 21, turned himself in at the 6th District police station Wednesday night, hours after he was identified as a person of interest in the shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon at A.L. Davis Park at Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street.

He was booked with two counts of attempted murder, police said.

A second person of interest, Gerard Gray, is still being sought.

Police said the shooting, which left two men wounded, stemmed from an argument about who was next in line to use a basketball court.

JPSO seeks to identify man in mall robbery

Jefferson Parish authorities are trying to identify a man they say was recorded stealing a pair of designer sunglasses from a store at Lakeside Mall.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A deputy chased but could not catch the man after the robbery.

The thief is described as white, in his 30s, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-2, with light brown or sandy hair, and a tattoo on his arm that reads “Nathan.”

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact Detective Ray Gorman at (504) 875-3334 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Authorities ask for help in identifying suspect

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted on suspicion of stealing two phones from a West Bank cellphone store.

The man entered the store in the 1100 block of Manhattan Boulevard about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and asked to look at several phones, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. A short time later, he grabbed two phones from the clerk’s hands and ran away.

The man is described as black, 21 to 22 years old, about 5-foot-9 and 135 to 140 pounds. He was clean-shaven and had short hair.

He wore a gray baseball cap with a black bill, a navy blue T-shirt, an orange towel across his shoulders and blue denim shorts.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Shootings in 9th Ward, Marigny injure two men

A man was in stable condition at a local hospital after a bullet struck him in the hip Wednesday night in the Lower 9th Ward, police said.

The shooting was reported about 10:15 p.m. in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue.

A second man was shot about 4:30 a.m. Thursday in Faubourg Marigny. He was found shot multiple times near Burgundy Street and Franklin Avenue, police said.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive in either case.