New Orleans-area crime news: 3 women victimized in 2 Carrollton robberies within 20 minutes, 10 blocks of each other early Sunday _lowres

Eric “King” Ross

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Three women were robbed at gunpoint in two incidents within 20 minutes and 10 blocks of each other in the Carrollton neighborhood early Sunday, New Orleans police said.

The first robbery happened just before 3 a.m. when two women, ages 20 and 23, were approached in the 7700 block of Willow Street by a man with a silver handgun. When the robber demanded their property, one of the women refused and was struck in the face with the gun. The robber then fled with her iPhone.

The second incident occurred about 17 minutes later in the 2300 block of Lowerline Street. A 21-year-old woman was approached by a man who snatched her purse and fled.

Police couldn’t confirm if the two incidents are related.

I-10 crash leaves man dead Sunday

The New Orleans Police Department was investigating a single-vehicle crash that left a 62-year-old man dead Sunday afternoon.

The accident occurred about 1:20 p.m. on westbound Interstate 10 under the I-510 overpass, police said.

A man driving a Toyota Tundra pickup was traveling westbound on I-10 when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle and struck the bridge’s concrete support.

The vehicle came to rest in a grassy area near the highway. The man died at the scene.

Police looking for person of interest

New Orleans police are asking for help in finding 21-year-old Eric “King” Ross, who they said may have critical information about an armed robbery that happened Uptown on Feb. 20.

A 66-year-old man was trying to deliver a Domino’s pizza order in the 3500 block of Foucher Street about 8:50 p.m. on that date, police said. When he could not locate the delivery address, he called the customer and was told the residence was near South Liberty Street.

The victim said he then was approached by an armed man who said, “Give me all your money” and “If you call the police, I will kill you.” The victim handed over $40 in cash and two pizzas valued at $45.

During the course of their investigation, detectives identified Ross as a person of interest.

Anyone with information about Ross’ whereabouts is asked to call 6th District Detective Drew Deacon at (504) 658-6060 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Cutting reported in New Orleans East

A woman was arrested following a cutting that happened early Sunday morning in New Orleans East, police said.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., a 40-year-old woman got into an argument with Yahcheka Jones, 29, over a card game that was taking place in the 7500 block of Sandy Cove Drive.

The victim was getting into her vehicle when Jones grabbed a beer bottle and stabbed her on the arm through the car window, police said.

Two juveniles booked in Friday burglary

The New Orleans Police Department arrested two male juveniles, ages 13 and 15, and booked them on simple burglary and resisting an officer.

Police are looking for help in finding a third person involved in the incident, which happened Friday in the 4900 block of Francisco Verrett Drive in New Orleans East.

About 9 a.m., officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, they saw three people fleeing the scene.

Police apprehended one of the trio as the others hid under a house in the 4800 block of Werner Avenue. Officers then were able to apprehend one of them, but the third managed to escape.

Both juveniles were transported to the Juvenile Division for booking.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Four men arrested in theft of dirt bike

A witness who reported seeing suspicious men walking at night led to the arrest of four New Orleans and Slidell men and recovery of a dirt bike they stole in eastern St. Bernard Parish, as well as the finding of a handgun and marijuana, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The four men were arrested on Deborah Drive the night of April 4 after a dirt bike was stolen at a nearby residence.

A witness in the area reported seeing three men walking with a dirt bike, headed toward a parked Jeep. Deputies found a Jeep Cherokee being driven with no headlights on, with a driver, two passengers and a fourth man riding the dirt bike alongside the vehicle.

When asked about the bike, several of the men said they had been riding dirt bikes all day on a trail in a wooded area, while one said he had gotten a call to help one of them with a dirt bike that wouldn’t start.

While talking to the men, deputies said they could smell an odor of marijuana coming from the Jeep and asked the driver, Slidell resident Damian Sparks, 19, if officers could search the vehicle. They said Sparks agreed, and officers found two plastic bags containing marijuana and a plastic water bottle made into a smoking device. A loaded revolver was also found.

All the men denied ownership of the seized items.

A woman who lived in the area later identified the dirt bike as the one stolen from near the front of her residence.

All four men were booked on felony theft of the dirt bike, including Sparks, 23-year-old Slidell resident Xavier Porter and two New Orleans men, Lorenzo Harvy, 17, and Malik Lewis, 18. All but Lewis, who had been spotted by deputies on the dirt bike, were also booked on illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lewis was released from St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $20,000 bond and Harvy was released on a $25,000 bond. Porter and Sparks remain jailed Friday in lieu of bonds set at $25,000 each.