Coroner’s Office seeks help in identifying body

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose bullet-riddled and partially burned body was found Monday afternoon in a desolate part of New Orleans East.

The woman, who carried no identification, was shot multiple times in the chest and arms, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator. Her back was doused in an accelerant and partially burned, apparently in an effort to hide the cause of death.

An autopsy determined the woman likely was dead 24 to 48 hours before a crew doing excavation work near Michoud Boulevard and Interstate 10 discovered her body.

She is believed to have been black or Hispanic and between 20 and 25 years old. She was 5-foot-7, 156 pounds and had brown eyes.

Gagliano said the woman had long, black wavy hair and weave extensions.

She wore blue stud earrings in each ear, blue jean shorts and a white shirt with red or pink writing on it. The woman had pink toenail polish, fake eyebrows and breast implants. She had all her natural teeth and no tattoos, Gagliano said.

Anyone with information on the woman’s identity is asked to call the Coroner’s Office at (504) 658-9660.

Teen, 18, critical after 9th Ward shooting

An 18-year-old youth was in critical condition after being shot Tuesday night in the Lower 9th Ward.

Police said the teen was walking in the 6300 block of Chartres Street when he was hit about 7:20 p.m.

No other details were immediately available.

Man sought in robbery of two Walgreens stores

St. Tammany Parish and Covington police detectives are searching for a man they believe robbed two Walgreens stores over the weekend.

In the first robbery, which happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walgreens in Abita Springs, a man waited until the cashier opened the register to give another customer change, then reached in and grabbed a handful of cash before fleeing, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni.

He fled in what investigators believe was a silver, four-door Pontiac Grand Am, she said.

In the second incident, a man entered a Walgreens in Covington about 2:15 a.m. Sunday and went to the counter to buy a pack of gum. When the clerk opened the register, the man reached in and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash before running from the store, according to Covington police.

Anyone with any information on either robbery is asked to call St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Detective Matt Vasquez at (985) 726-7830, the Covington Police Department at (985) 892-8500 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Violet man arrested after shooting, standoff

A Violet man was booked Monday night on charges including aggravated battery, home invasion and false imprisonment after he allegedly shot another man in the left leg inside an apartment building in Violet and held him hostage for two hours before surrendering, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Brandon Robinson, 31, shot the 21-year-old victim just before 6 p.m., then kept him hostage in an apartment, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Robinson surrendered more than two hours later following negotiations with officials after the sheriff’s SWAT team was called to the scene.

A witness told investigating detectives that Robinson and the victim had argued in front of the apartment building and that Robinson had pulled a gun and forced the victim into a unit next door to Robinson’s apartment.

It was inside the apartment that a shot was fired and the victim was struck in the upper left leg.

Robinson refused to come out after sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene.

The victim was treated at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans, where he was listed in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries.

Woman, 36, booked in Hollygrove stabbing

New Orleans police have arrested a woman wanted in connection with a stabbing in Hollygrove.

Police believe Tequilla Dozier, 36, stabbed a man in the neck about 8:40 p.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Eagle Street.

Detectives said the victim was standing in the driveway of a home when he was approached by a woman who began to swing her arm toward the victim, stabbing him once in the neck area.

Dozier was found at a home in the 4600 block of Baudin Street and booked in connection with the stabbing.

Gretna officer helps nab suspected gunman

A Gretna police officer on her way to work Tuesday morning spotted a man firing a gun at another man, which ended in the gunman’s arrest after a chase, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

About 6:30 a.m., Gretna Master Patrol Officer Dana Parker was on her way to the office when she saw a man in the 1100 block of Manhattan Boulevard fire a gun in the direction of another man.

Parker saw the gunman get into a white Chevrolet van and drive away toward the West Bank Expressway, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Parker notified JPSO headquarters, and a chase began on the eastbound lanes of the elevated expressway.

The van exited at the Terry Parkway off-ramp, at which time other officers stopped it and arrested Dannie Conner, 30, of New Orleans.

Conner was booked with illegal discharging of a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property and resisting arrest by flight.

Technicians recovered several spent shell casings at the scene of the shooting, but the Sheriff’s Office had not received any reports of anyone being injured, Fortunato said.

Investigators seek man in St. Rose slaying

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for a suspect wanted in connection with the death of a New Orleans man in St. Rose.

Jonah Michael Wetwiski, 19, is wanted on a count of being a principal to first-degree murder in the death of Richard A. Bailey. ailey, 21, was found about 5 a.m. on Kennedy Street in St. Rose.

Anyone with information on Wetwiski’s whereabouts is asked to contact the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office at (985) 783-6807 or Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.

Empire man arrested on various drug charges

Plaquemines Parish authorities said they arrested a suspect who was selling drugs from his Empire home.

About 4 am. Friday, the Plaquemines Sheriff’s Office narcotics division and SWAT team served a warrant at a home in the 100 block of Ed Riley Lane in Empire after they received information that the owner, Travis Latrell Riley, 30, was selling drugs, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

During the search, agents seized 5.5 ounces of cocaine, 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 11 tablets of Xanax. They also confiscated a 12-gauge Winchester shotgun with five shotgun shells.

Items commonly used for packaging narcotics for resale, such as a vacuum sealer, plastic baggies, a digital scale, a razor blade, baking soda and a false canister, were collected as evidence. Electronics, including cellular phones, a tablet, a notebook, external hard drives and an USB flash drive were seized as evidence. Agents also seized $412 in cash, Becnel said.

Riley’s two minor children were at the home when the warrant was served.

He was booked with possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled dangerous substance and numerous other related charges.

The total estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $14,155, Becnel said.

Riley remained in jail Tuesday. His bail was set at $92,500.

Toddler, 15 months, found in Algiers pool

A toddler fell into a pool Tuesday afternoon and possibly drowned, the New Orleans Police Department said.

Paramedics took the 15-month-old boy from the pool in the 3800 block of Tall Pines Drive in Algiers a little after 2 p.m. He was being treated at a local hospital but his condition was not immediately available, police said.