Cabbie propositioned fare, police allege
An arrest warrant has been issued for a New Orleans cab driver suspected of trying to get a woman to perform a sexual act upon him in exchange for driving her to Lacombe.
The incident allegedly began about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 8 when the 21-year-old woman flagged down a Yellow Cab at Bourbon and Iberville streets. The cab was driven by 21-year-old Saqib Shahzad, police said.
The woman told Shahzad she had only $20, and he agreed to drive her halfway, police said.
Police said Shahzad drove the woman to the Little Woods exit on Interstate 510, telling her he would drive her the entire way if she would perform a sexual act on him, police said.
The woman refused, but Shahzad continued to proposition her, police said.
He pulled over and gave the woman $80 to perform the act, police said. The woman took the money and got out of the cab.
Shahzad followed the woman and took back the money, leading to a brief struggle. He then got back in the cab and left the victim stranded, police said.
Shahzad is wanted on a warrant for counts of pandering, extortion and theft.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact 7th District detectives at (504) 658-6070.
Warrant obtained for two in murder attempt
Police have obtained warrants for two men suspected in an attempted murder that ended with a dog being shot.
Desmond Horton, 21, and Jaylon Johnson, 18, were identified as suspects in the Tuesday shooting through tips, police said.
The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. in the 9100 block of Dixon Street.
Police said a 21-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man walked out of their home and saw a blue Ford Focus or Fusion drive up to them.
The car stopped, and three men jumped out and opened fire on the victims.
The victims ran back inside, but the gunmen followed them, continuing to shoot.
Two bullets hit a dog that was locked in a kennel inside the home, police said.
Neither human victim was shot. The dog survived.
A third accomplice remains unknown and at large.
Horton and Johnson face charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Roger Caillouet at (504) 658-6030.
Woman robbed of bike on Christmas night
A woman was robbed of her bicycle and other possessions as she rode through the Fair Grounds neighborhood on Christmas night.
The 57-year-old victim told police she was near North Dupre and O’Reilly streets about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a man with a knife demanded the items.
In addition to taking her bicycle, the robber also took her bag before fleeing, police said.
Three robbed during walk in Garden District
Two adults and a teenager were robbed at gunpoint by three men while walking in the Garden District late Thursday night.
Police said the robbery happened about 9:50 p.m. at Coliseum and Seventh streets.
The unknown robbers walked up behind the victims — ages 15, 49 and 52 — and demanded their belongings.
The victims handed over what they had, and the robbers ran away.
Girl, 14, attacked in Gert Town burglary
A teenage boy was arrested after he broke into a Gert Town home early Friday and pushed a 14-year-old girl before running away, police said.
The victim was asleep inside her home on Audubon Street when the suspect, a 14-year-old acquaintance, climbed into her room through a window about 1:25 a.m., police said.
The victim woke up, and the two began to argue.
During the argument, the suspect, who is not being identified because of his age, pushed the victim. At that point, she told him she was going to call the police. The suspect hopped out of the window and ran away.
Police booked him later in the morning.
Man, teen booked in attempted robbery
St. Tammany authorities have arrested a man and a teenager suspected in an attempted armed robbery Monday evening in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store near Covington.
Shawn Miller, 17, of Covington, was booked with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The 15-year-old teen suspect was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on a count of attempted armed robbery.
The two victims told deputies they were sitting in their car about 6 p.m. when the suspects walked up and tried to rob them.
When one of the victims yelled for help, Miller and the teen allegedly became startled and ran away.
They were arrested without incident Tuesday.