Robbery follows voodoo priestess’ palm reading
An unidentified woman who claimed to be a voodoo priestess was let into an Esplanade Avenue home this week and robbed three women after supposedly reading their palms, New Orleans police said.
The so-called priestess arrived at a home in the 1300 block of Esplanade Avenue about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
After the palm readings, the woman demanded money from the victims, telling them that two “bodyguards” were outside the home waiting for them to return from a nearby ATM.
The victims gave the woman their money and she fled with her accomplices, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kevin Richardson at (504) 658-6373 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man found guilty of kidnapping, robbery
A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted a Covington man Thursday on kidnapping and robbery charges in connection with a June incident in Covington in which five people, including a child, were held at gunpoint, bound with zip ties and rope and then robbed, according to District Attorney Walter Reed’s office.
The jury deliberated for three hours before returning guilty verdicts on five counts of aggravated kidnapping, four counts of aggravated robbery with a firearm and one count of attempted robbery with a firearm, spokesman Rick Wood said.
Beau Ledoux, 20, of Sun, and three co-defendants allegedly entered a home in Covington and tied up the victims and searched the house for valuables. The home invasion lasted more than two hours. Ledoux and his accomplices wore masks and gloves to hide their identities. After they left, one of the victims was able to get free and call police. A tip from an informant led police to Ledoux and the others, Wood said.
Ledoux faces up to life imprisonment for each of the aggravated kidnapping charges and from 7 ½ to 99 years on the other charges.
Slidell man pleads guilty to manslaughter
Brandon Seagraves, 26, pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and drug dealing after a man to whom he sold drugs overdosed, according to a news release from District Attorney Walter Reed’s office.
Seagraves, of Slidell, was sentenced to 20 years in prison as a career criminal on the manslaughter charge and five years each on the two distribution charges. The sentences will run concurrently, spokesman Rick Wood said.
Seagraves was originally charged with second-degree murder, but the plea agreement reduced the charge to manslaughter.
Alleged Central City gangster behind bars
An alleged associate of a notoriously violent Central City drug gang is back behind bars after roaming free for a month following a failure by state corrections officials to check on an Orleans Parish detainer before releasing him at the end of his prison sentence.
Demetrich “Meechy” Robinson was booked into the city’s jail Monday. He is among 20 defendants in a sprawling state racketeering case involving alleged members of “3-N-G,” named for their stomping grounds at Third and Galvez streets.
Members or associates of the group have been pegged by authorities for several murders, though Robinson, 31, was named in the indictment only in connection with the group’s alleged drug activities.
On Friday, a state Corrections Department spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the incident and “will take any necessary personnel action” after discovering “only recently that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office had a detainer on the offender.”
The state released Robinson from Ouachita Parish to “good time” parole supervision on April 11 after he had spent nearly two years in prison on a heroin count and for failing to register as a sex offender. His absence was not recognized until May 9, when 13 other defendants in the racketeering case appeared for a routine hearing in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
Robinson was apprehended by Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputies and a U.S. Marshals Service task force about 6:45 a.m. Monday at a residence in Gentilly, said Philip Stelly, a spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office.
Man sought in recent Mid-City carjacking
New Orleans police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a recent carjacking in Mid-City.
The robbery happened about 10:45 p.m. May 10 in the 500 block of South Pierce Street.
A woman was parked in the area when a man walked up and pulled out a gun. He demanded the victim’s red Chevrolet Aveo, which bears Louisiana license plate XTJ 831, with several stickers on the rear bumper.
The robber is described as a black man with a medium complexion in his mid 20s, about 6-foot-2 with an athletic build and a low haircut. He wore a black shirt and gray pants and had a silver handgun.
Anyone with information on the robber’s identity is asked to contact detective Thomas Ripp at (504) 658-6010 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Two men booked in Belle Chasse burglaries
Two men have been arrested in connection with recent burglaries in Belle Chasse.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said it responded about 4:25 a.m. Thursday to a complaint about two suspicious people possibly burglarizing homes on Omega Street.
Deputies spotted Christian LaNasa, 19, and Raheem Lee Miller, 18, who tried to run away but were caught a short time later.
LaNasa admitted he and Miller were burglarizing cars on Omega Street, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
LaNasa and Miller allegedly burglarized at least five unlocked vehicles parked in the 200 to 500 blocks of Omega and the 100 block of Iota Street.
During questioning, Miller told detectives he tossed away a pistol when he ran from the officers. He helped investigators locate the weapon, which was reported stolen in New Orleans on Sept. 11, 2012.
LaNasa was booked with five counts of simple burglary and resisting an officer by flight.
Miller was booked with five counts of simple burglary, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and resisting an officer by flight.
LaNasa and Miller remain jailed on $51,500 and $61,500 bails, respectively.
Detectives are meeting with victims to return stolen property.
Anyone who was victimized is asked to contact detective Holly Hardin at (504) 392-1652.
Man shot in leg, thigh on Dumaine Street
A man was shot in the leg and thigh Friday evening in the 6th Ward.
Police said the victim, whose name and age were not available, was shot about 6:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dumaine Street.
Police did not offer any immediate information on his condition.
Autopsy to determine how man in river died
An autopsy will determine what killed a man whose body was found floating Friday afternoon in the Mississippi River.
The body was discovered a little after 2 p.m. near the Gov. Nicholls Street Wharf.
The man’s identity was not immediately known.