Man flees police with infant son in vehicle

Slidell police arrested a 19-year-old New Orleans man Thursday after he allegedly fled from officers in a stolen Jeep with his unrestrained 3-month-old son and bags of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Officers had tried to catch Jeovon Mitchell the previous day after getting a tip that a stolen Jeep had been seen around Slidell on a daily basis. An off-duty officer spotted the vehicle Wednesday, and officers gave chase, but they backed off out of concern for public safety and the driver got away, said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau, a Slidell Police Department spokesman.

The same off-duty officer spotted the Jeep on Thursday with Mitchell standing near it. Slidell police and St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene. Mitchell jumped in the Jeep and tried to flee, but he got trapped between two squad cars and put the Jeep in reverse, ramming a police car, Seuzeneau said.

Officers jumped out of their units and were able to open the door of the Jeep while Mitchell’s foot was still on the accelerator, he said.

They said they discovered his infant son, unrestrained but uninjured, in the back seat along with several bags of marijuana, leading police to conclude he was conducting a drug transaction prior to his arrest.

Mitchell is being held in Slidell City Jail, where he was booked with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, five counts of resisting an officer with violence, improper child passenger restraint, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of stolen property worth over $500, two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, forgery and four counts of criminal damage.

Police probe robberies in Quarter, N.O. East

New Orleans police on Friday were investigating these armed robberies:

11:04 a.m. Thursday at Bourbon and Toulouse streets in the French Quarter: The victim was walking when a man approached him and demanded his bag. The victim refused, and the robber then showed a gun in his waistband. The victim handed over his belongings, and the man ran away.

11 p.m. Thursday in the 4600 block of Sandalwood Street in New Orleans East: The victim, a 29-year-old man, was robbed of his wallet, iPhone and shoes by four men.

Police did not provide descriptions of any of the robbers.

Two men wounded in separate N.O. shootings

Two men were wounded during separate shootings Thursday and Friday in New Orleans.

The first shooting was reported about 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of St. Philip Street in the 6th Ward.

The 42-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, police said.

The next shooting was reported about 12:10 a.m. Friday near Odin and Marigny streets in Gentilly.

A 26-year-old man was arguing about drugs with another person when that person pulled out a gun and shot him.

Police did not provide any information on the victim’s condition, nor did they announce an arrest in either case.

Teen, 16, booked in fatal LaPlace shooting

A day after a LaPlace teenager died from wounds he suffered in a shooting, another teen was booked in connection with his death.

The 16-year-old who St. John deputies say shot Calvin Edmond, 17, was not identified, but he was booked Thursday on a count of second-degree murder.

He also was arrested on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated criminal damage to property.

He remained jailed Friday. Bail was set at $285,000.

Edmond was shot about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at Yorktowne and Fairway drives.

He died a day later at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials have not identified a motive in his slaying.