Person of interest sought in restaurant robberies, and other area crime news _lowres

Dwayne Winns

UPDATE, 12:25 p.m. Monday: Dwayne “Butter” Winns turned himself into detectives Monday morning, New Orleans police said.

He will be questioned and booked on the accessory to second-degree murder charge, NOPD said in a news release. The Uptown armed robbery investigations are still ongoing.

Original story:

A person of interest is being sought in the recent string of Uptown restaurant robberies, officials said Sunday.

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI Task Force are asking for help locating Dwayne “Butter” Winns, 21, who may have information regarding the robberies, NOPD said in a news release Sunday.

Winns is not a suspect at this time, police said.

Winns was indicted for accessory after the fact to second-degree murder on Thursday by an Orleans Parish Grand Jury in connection with the May 11 fatal shooting of 30-year-old Harold Martin, NOPD said.

Officials found Martin unresponsive on a porch in the 2500 block of Mendez Street. He died at the scene. A loaded pistol was recovered next to his body, police said.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Martin was shot in the 2500 block of Prentiss Street and ran and collapsed on the porch.

Rolandus Campbell and Wesley Davis were both previously arrested in connection with the murder.

Winns is believed to have assisted Davis in avoiding capture while he was at large, police said.

The robberies at Uptown restaurants began in August and continued through September. The businesses robbed were the Monkey Hill Bar, Patois and Atchafalaya restaurants.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.