Two 12-year-old boys were arrested Wednesday evening in Gentilly after allegedly attempting to rob a 32-year-old man at a gas station.
The man said he rode his bike to the location in the 6300 block of Elysian Fields Avenue about 9 p.m. when the two boys approached. The man told police he had been harassed by the boys previously.
In the Wednesday night encounter, the man said the boys called him a "snitch," at which point he said he fled the scene. The man spoke with an officer in the area. The two boys were later apprehended.
Below are additional incidents handled by local authorities recently:
• Two men were recently arrested on allegations that they raped a woman whom they hired to strip and robbed her at gunpoint before one of them knocked her unconscious with a punch, according to New Orleans court records.
Dominique Engham and Rashad Lumar, both 24-year-olds from Vacherie, face counts of first-degree rape and armed robbery after their arrest Nov. 17. Engham also faces a count of simple battery in connection with the Nov. 11 attack, which the woman reported the next day, police said.
The woman told police she had stripped at a bachelor party when she was contacted over Instagram, asked for "a private dance session," and ended up agreeing to meet two men at Harrah's Casino. The three went to a motel in the 10000 block of Interstate 10 Service Road in New Orleans, and the men attacked her, police said.
According to police, at one point, they debated killing her, and she pleaded, "I have kids. You can have ... money just let me go, all I want is my life."
NOPD Detective Claudia Bruce identified Engham and Lumar as suspects in the case after reviewing surveillance video at Harrah's.
• A 33-year-old man said he was sitting inside his vehicle in Treme when a person approached asking for money, then attempted to hit him with a screwdriver. The incident occurred about 6:34 a.m. Wednesday morning near the intersection of St. Philip and N. Tonti streets. The man said he told the person he didn't have any money before reaching for his cell phone. At that point the person attempted to strike the man with the screwdriver, then fled on foot, according to the report.
• A Popeye's restaurant in Gentilly was armed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon, according to a police report. The incident occurred about 12:11 p.m. at the location in the 6200 block of Elysian Fields Avenue. The robbery began when an unknown man followed an employee through a door and demanded money from a cashier, according to the report. The cashier refused, at which point the man reached into the cash register and took money from it. The cashier told police he attempted to retrieve the money, at which point the man displayed a gun. The man then fled into the parking lot, where he dropped the money on the ground, according to police.
• A 24-year-old man said he was walking home from work in Central City when a man approached and began shooting at him. The incident occurred about 4:11 p.m. in the 2300 block of Harmony Street. The shooter then fled up Loyola Avenue toward Louisiana Avenue, according to the report.
• A 35-year-old man was shot in Central City Wednesday, according to a report. The incident occurred about 5:10 p.m. in the 1600 block of S. Liberty Street. A witness told police they heard several shots and saw a man running toward Martin Luther King Boulevard. Responding officers found a man lying face down with multiple gun shot wounds. The man was transported to an area hospital; his condition was not immediately available.
• A 53-year-old woman said she was driving near the Central Business District when she was hit by another vehicle, then carjacked. The incident occurred about 8:06 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Derbigny Street. The woman said she was bumped from the rear by a black Nissan Sentra with three people inside. She told police that after being bumped repeatedly, she stopped her car. At that point two men exited the other car, displayed a gun and ordered her out of the vehicle, according to the report. The men then fled eastbound down N. Derbigny.
• Trung Pham, a 38-year-old Los Angeles man, and Tommy Wells, a 40-year-old New Orleans man, on Wednesday received federal prison sentences of 10 years and 5 years, respectively, after they previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to deal meth throughout the metro area.
The quantity involved in Pham's plea was larger than Wells'. Their sentences came from U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle in New Orleans.
Court records indicate that Pham, a California-based drug trafficker, was sending packages of the narcotic to another co-defendant, Steven Lyons, in New Orleans. Lyons would then sell the drugs to Wells and others who would sell to the New Orleans market. Lyons has previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of more of methamphetamine and awaits a sentencing hearing tentatively set for Feb. 28.
• Dorian Givens, a 30-year-old New Orleans man, pleaded guilty Wednesday to twice breaking federal weapons laws by possessing a gun after being convicted of distributing crack cocaine in a prior, unrelated case, Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans' office said. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each occasion, said Evans' office, which added that Givens faces sentencing from U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan during a hearing tentatively set for March 7.
• Benjamin Garcia Vasquez, 50, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal traveling to the United States after having been previously deported. He faces up to two years in prison, and his sentencing is tentatively set for Jan. 12 in front of Morgan.
• A two-alarm fire damaged a vacant home in the 2400 block of Jackson Avenue about 7:45 a.m. Thursday, the New Orleans Fire Department said. It took 38 firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the fire at the single-story, wooden shotgun double under control. Investigators said it appeared the fire began at the center of the home, which was under renovation, but the cause of the blaze remained under investigation. No injuries were reported.
• New Orleans police on Thursday released a surveillance camera image of a man wanted for questioning in a gunpoint carjacking reported Nov. 25 in the 1700 block of Pleasure Street in Gentilly. Later the same day, the gold 2005 Honda Odyssey that had been carjacked was involved in a hit-and-run crash in the French Quarter at the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis streets. The man in the surveillance image was seen running from the van, police said.
• New Orleans police released an image of a woman suspected of knocking on someone's door in the 3300 block of Lawrence Street in Algiers about 4:40 a.m. Wednesday and robbing the person of money at knifepoint.
• NOPD on Thursday published a video depicting Officer Juan Barnes sharing tips on homeowners can keep their properties safe.