Man tied up, shot at during home invasion

A man, 31, had just returned to his home in the 5700 block of St. Anthony Avenue on Wednesday morning when two men kicked down his door, tied him up and put a blanket over his head, New Orleans police said.

The men tried to force the victim into his own car but he ran away. The men commandeered his car, chased him and shot at him before fleeing, police said.

Accused robber also booked in shooting

New Orleans police have booked a man who allegedly took part in a string of Uptown robberies Sunday on counts of attempted armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder in an earlier incident.

Police said that about 10 p.m. Dec. 20, Taman Martin, 18, and another man confronted three people in Danneel Park at St. Charles Avenue and Octavia Street. The duo demanded money and one of them shot one of the victims in the abdomen, police said. Martin is not accused of being the triggerman.

Martin was arrested Sunday after a car chase through Uptown.

Police now say they have connected him and three associates to a series of auto thefts and armed robberies dating back as far as October, but they have yet to identify the second person allegedly involved in the Danneel Park incident.

Robbers shoot man trying to obey them

A 29-year-old man was walking in the 3700 block of Behrman Highway in Algiers about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two men came up to him.

They threatened him with a gun and said, “Give it up,” New Orleans police said.

As the victim reached into his back pocket, one of the two shot him. Both robbers then fled.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Youthful offender cuts off monitoring device

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking for a youthful offender who removed his electronic monitoring device.

Deputies received an alert at 6 a.m. Thursday that the device had been cut. They quickly located the device but not its wearer.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the youth, who was originally charged with simple assault.

Man cut at Lee Circle during altercation

A man used a large knife to cut an unidentified man, 52, several times near Lee Circle on St. Charles Avenue.

The attack occurred about noon Wednesday. It stemmed from a verbal altercation, police said.

More video released of Buffa’s robbery

New Orleans police have released additional surveillance video of a brazen armed robbery Monday night at Buffa’s Lounge, an Esplanade Avenue bar.

Two masked gunmen stormed into the bar about 9:45 p.m., emptied the cash register and frightened patrons and employees. The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/o6G2Vn2aux4 and http://youtu.be/5N5S_SFpFXU.

The NOPD has described one robber as a black man, about 5-foot-7, with a dark complexion and dreadlocks. He wore a red shirt and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The second robber was a black man, about 5-foot-9 with a thin build and a dark complexion. He wore a black top, a black knit cap and a black bandana over his face. He had a black semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine.

Arden Radosevic, a bartender at Buffa’s, said there were only six people in the bar in the 1000 block of Esplanade Avenue when the two men entered. After robbing one customer of his wallet, the gunman pushed his way behind the bar, forcing Radosevic to empty the cash register.

Jarret Rogers, co-owner of Buffa’s, said this was the first time the bar had been robbed in the five years he’s owned it.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the 8th District investigative unit at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police seek man in Dec. 29 burglary

The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with the burglary of a black 2013 Hyundai in the driveway of a residence in the 5700 block of Warrington Drive. The burglary occurred about 11 a.m. Dec. 29.

Video surveillance showed the man peering into the vehicle and pulling on the door handles. The owner returned to her car later to discover it had been ransacked, though it appeared nothing had been taken.

The video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/XbZZ6jNzm1c.

Detective Lashawn Johnson is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6030, or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Three robbed early Thursday in Metairie

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported an armed robbery early Thursday morning in the 600 block of Kent Avenue in Metairie.

Two men and a woman were robbed. They were not injured.

Kenner police seek teen volunteer Explorers

The Kenner Police Department will host an open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday at its offices, 500 Veterans Blvd., Kenner, for its Law Enforcement Explorer Program.

The Explorer Program, for youths aged 13 to 16, is an opportunity for teens to learn what law enforcement is all about.

The participants receive regular instruction about Police Department operations, volunteer their time to help at various department and community events, and participate in social activities. They can receive community service hours for school.

During one week each summer, Explorers attend a condensed form of a police academy. After an early morning workout of running and calisthenics, Explorers attend training in such topics as criminal law, self-defense, crime scene investigation, report writing, traffic, narcotics and the K-9 Unit. They learn how to conduct a traffic stop and to handle firearms and get to shoot live ammunition at a weapons range.

Kenner Police Explorers volunteer to direct traffic and monitor crowds for safety at various local events. They also make appearances as McGruff at events such as National Night Out Against Crime.

Potential Explorers must have worthy academic and personal records in order to be accepted in the program. Teens are encouraged to speak with a parent or guardian about this opportunity. For more information or to apply to the program, contact the KPD Community Relations Division at (504) 712-2395 or Officer James Virgil via email at jvirgil@kennerpd.com.