NOPD investigates homicide in New Orleans East _lowres


N.O. officer suspended after recent DWI arrest

The New Orleans Police Department on Tuesday suspended an officer after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

About 9 p.m. Saturday, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police noticed that a car driven by David Aranda was making erratic movements on the northbound bridge. Aranda, 26, was pulled over and failed a field sobriety test, New Orleans police said in a statement.

Aranda has been with the NOPD for five years and most recently has worked in the 1st District.

He will remain suspended without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Three wounded in two separate shootings

Three people were wounded in two separate shootings Tuesday in New Orleans, police said.

The first shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. in the 1400 block of South Roman Street on the edge of Central City.

A 21-year-old man and another man, age unknown, were in stable condition at the hospital, police said.

Later, a man was shot in the chest in the 6th Ward, police said.

That shooting was reported about 5:45 p.m. in the 700 block of North Tonti Street. Police did not provide any information on the victim’s condition.

Burglaries solved after arrests, sheriff says

A call about three men seen behind a Chalmette restaurant early Monday morning led to the solution of four business burglaries and one attempted burglary over the weekend, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Two of the men were booked in all five incidents. The third man was booked with one burglary and one attempted burglary that morning.

The three also are suspects in burglaries committed in New Orleans and were questioned Monday by New Orleans police.

Booked with four counts each of simple burglary and one count of attempted burglary were Jabar Kensey, 19, of Chalmette, and Colby James, 22, of New Orleans.

Booked with one count of burglary and one count of attempted burglary was Kendall Santa Cruz, 19, of New Orleans.

All of the men, who each carried ski masks and gloves, admitted their involvement in the burglary of one business early Monday and the attempted burglary of the restaurant where they were spotted by someone who called the Sheriff’s Office, Pohlmann said.

Two admitted to burglarizing three businesses earlier in the weekend, he said.

A restaurant, a spa and a hair-products business were burglarized Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Teen robbed trying to sell shoes, police say

A Gretna teenager was robbed at gunpoint after arriving in Kenner to sell a pair of Air Jordan tennis shoes he had advertised for sale online, Kenner police said.

The 17-year-old victim placed the ad Saturday on Instagram and Kik, saying the shoes were for sale for $160.

Police said 17-year-old Brian Ratliff, of Chalmette; Marcel Green, 18, of Kenner; and two Kenner 16-year-olds robbed the victim when he arrived at a meeting place in the 1400 block of 31st Street.

Ratliff was booked with armed robbery and possession of marijuana. Green and the two 16-year-olds were booked with armed robbery.

Ratliff remained jailed Monday night. His bail was set at $75,000. Green remained in custody Monday without bond.

The juveniles, whose identities are being withheld because of their age, were taken to the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center in Gretna to await a hearing.