Investigators seek suspect in drownings

New Orleans police said Friday they are searching for another suspect in connection with the drowning deaths of a Reserve couple whose bodies were found in the Intracoastal Waterway in New Orleans East.

Amir “Blue” Ybarra, 31, is wanted on a count of obstruction of justice, allegedly for disposing of evidence, in the deaths of Lakeitha and Kenneth Joseph, police said.

Police did not specify what evidence Ybarra is alleged to have done away with, but, citing court documents, recently reported that he and three other suspects — Horatio Johnson, Brittany Martin and Steven Bradley — dropped off the couple’s bloodstained van to Frank Mike Jr. so it could be cleaned and dumped.

A federal grand jury last month indicted Mike on a charge of interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle. Prosecutors allege he drove the stolen 2010 Dodge Caravan from Louisiana to Georgia.

The van, according to the Justice Department, had been loaned to the Josephs in February. The couple disappeared hours later, and their bound, weighted-down bodies were eventually found in the Intracoastal Waterway.

An autopsy found they had been tied to weights and dumped into the water, leading the Orleans Parish coroner to classify the deaths as homicides.

Anyone with information on Ybarra’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

12-year-old wanted in attempted murder

New Orleans police said Friday they are looking for a 12-year-old boy on an attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot a teenager in Broadmoor.

Wardell Young is suspected of shooting a 17-year-old Thursday night in the 3200 block of Gen. Taylor Street.

Police said the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. during a shouting match between the boys.

The victim was struck multiple times but was not seriously injured, police said.

Wardell’s mother reported him to police May 6 as a runaway.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man shot to death behind home is ID’d

A man who was found fatally shot behind an abandoned Uptown home earlier this week has been identified as Rodney Johnson.

Johnson, 24, died Wednesday at Interim LSU Hospital, a short time after he was gunned down in the 2800 block of Milan Street.

Police have not identified a motive or suspect in Johnson’s death.

Suspect in attempted murder surrenders

New Orleans police arrested a man Thursday on an attempted murder charge.

Trae Williams, 27, surrendered to police and was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder.

He is accused of shooting a 35-year-old victim Sunday in the 2100 block of Westbend Parkway in Algiers.

JPSO searches for man in robbery, battery case

Jefferson Parish authorities are searching for a man wanted for domestic simple robbery and second-degree battery.

Bennie Pierce, 19, of Marrero, is described as a black male, about 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds. He is on probation for simple burglary.

Anyone with information on Pierce’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 364-5376.