Police probe string of armed robberies
New Orleans police investigated a rash of four armed robberies Thursday night, one of which resulted in a quick arrest.
The first robbery happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 1600 block of Hendee Street in Algiers. Police said two young men trying to purchase a firearm picked up Austin Wiedon in a vehicle when three other people approached and robbed the two young men of $1,000.
Wiedon, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested shortly thereafter, police said.
One hour later, two armed men robbed a 26-year-old man of his cellphone and keys in his driveway in the 4400 block of Allen Street in Gentilly.
About 11:25 p.m., a robber wearing a mask and toting a shotgun robbed a 37-year-old man in the 1800 block of First Street in Central City, police said.
Six minutes later, a robber carrying a sawed-off shotgun robbed a 67-year-old man in the 2200 block of Benefit Street in Lower Gentilly Terrace.
Police investigate three N.O. carjackings
New Orleans police responded to at least three carjackings late Thursday and early Friday.
The first happened about 9:15 p.m. Thursday near Industry Street and Desire Parkway. Police said a 48-year-old woman had stopped for a stop sign at the intersection when two unidentified men approached both sides of her beige 1998 Toyota 4Runner.
One pulled a gun on the woman and demanded her vehicle, police said. The men drove away toward Louisa Street.
The vehicle’s license plate number is WBD764. It has a missing front bumper and a dent on its rear door hatch, police said.
The second carjacking happened about 11:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Toledano Street. A 53-year-old man was taking items out of his vehicle when a man armed with a shotgun drove up in a maroon vehicle with at least one other person. Police said he took the victim’s money and fled the scene.
And about 1:30 a.m. Friday, a 40-year-old man was carjacked near Lakeview at the intersection of Fleur de Lis Drive and Veterans Boulevard.
According to police, the victim was rear-ended at a red light by a light gray Impala. When he got out of his car to assess the damage, two armed men jumped out of the Impala and demanded his vehicle.
One of the suspects fled in the victim’s car, police said. The other fled in the Impala.
Woman killed Friday in one-vehicle crash
New Orleans police Friday investigated a crash that killed a 29-year-old woman near the University of New Orleans campus.
The crash, which happened about 5:15 a.m. near the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Mexico Street, also injured a male passenger, police said.
The driver, whose name was not released, was driving a silver Ford Fusion north on Elysian Fields at a high rate of speed when she lost control and struck a concrete pole and wall, police said.
She died at the scene. The man was taken to a hospital.
Cocaine dealer faces federal prison time
A high-volume West Bank drug dealer pleaded guilty this week to federal drug conspiracy and cocaine-dealing counts.
Michael Hennessey, 39, admitted in a factual basis underpinning his guilty plea that he funneled hefty quantities of cocaine on several occasions in 2009 and 2010 to at least two other, unnamed people. In February 2010 alone, he admitted, he took in a pair of cocaine shipments totaling about 9 kilograms, or 20 pounds.
The factual basis says Hennessey pocketed $140,000 in the deal.
He pleaded guilty Thursday, about two months after he was indicted.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led the investigation. According to court documents, Hennessey plied his trade in Jefferson Parish.
He’s set to be sentenced July 9. He is free on bail, court records show.
Checkpoint nets six arrests, stolen vehicle
A DWI checkpoint conducted overnight Friday in New Orleans East led to several arrests and the issuing of 77 citations, police said.
The checkpoint, set up at Dwyer and Downman roads, led to six DWI arrests. Police also stopped a vehicle that had been reported stolen in a January armed robbery and arrested the driver, Floyd Simon, 22, after he failed to produce a driver’s license and vehicle documentation. Simon and his brother, 23-year-old Lloyd Simon, a passenger in the 2014 Dodge Journey, were booked on possession of a stolen automobile.
Police said detectives were investigating whether the men were connected to the armed robbery, which took place at Loyola Avenue and Perdido Street.
In all, 685 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.
Jeff woman charged with embezzlement
A Waggaman woman accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from a company in Gretna was charged with wire fraud Friday in federal court.
According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office, Delores Trouillet, 58, who worked as a bookkeeper for an unnamed carpet and flooring installation company, stole the money in several ways, including drawing checks on the company’s bank accounts to cover personal expenses. The thefts occurred between 1999 and 2014, according to Polite’s office.
If convicted, Trouillet faces up to 20 years behind bars.