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A 66-year-old taxicab driver was robbed of money with a knife pressed against his throat about 4:15 a.m. Monday by a fare he dropped off at the corner of Vespasian Boulevard and Cypress Acres Drive in Algiers, New Orleans police said.

The cab driver had picked up the robber at a gasoline station, police said. The robber put a knife against the cab driver's throat and successfully demanded money from him at the end of the ride, police said.

In other cases handled recently by local authorities:

• About 4 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of South Claiborne Avenue in Central City, a woman told New Orleans police she had been raped by a man she knew, authorities said.

• A 48-year-old old man was stabbed and robbed of money by another man to whom he had given a ride to the 4600 block of Baudin Street in Mid-City about 11 a.m. Sunday, New Orleans police said. The victim refused medical treatment.

• A 26-year-old man walking near the corner of Iberville and Dectaur streets in the French Quarter about 3:15 a.m. Sunday was hit in the back of the head and knocked to the ground by someone who went through his pockets and fled in a taxi, New Orleans police said. No other details about the incident were released.

• Federal and local law enforcement agents said they either arrested or located 13 sex-offender fugitives while conducting about 90 home compliance checks during a sweep that began more than a week before Halloween and concluded Saturday, the U.S. Marshals said Monday.

The operation dubbed "Boo Dat" was designed to keep families safe in the days leading up to Halloween as well as after the trick-or-treat holiday by checking whether local sex offenders were complying with registration requirements, according to the agency.

Arrestees included Chad Blair Downing, convicted in 2001 of raping an 8-year-old girl before being paroled in 2015. Downing was in New Orleans' City Park and had more than 30 pieces of what was believed to be crack cocaine when he was arrested, the U.S. Marshals said.

Another arrestee was John Major, who has previously convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, molestation of a juvenile and attempted rape, the U.S. Marshals said. The victims in one of those cases was an 11-year-old girl.

• One man recently pleaded guilty in New Orleans' federal court to illegally entering the United States while another was charged with illegally using a social security number, Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans' office said Monday.

Saul Rodriguez Aviles, 47, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to entering the U.S. after having previously been deported on July 16, 2015. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown could sentence him to up to 20 years in prison during a hearing tentatively set for Dec. 28.

Meanwhile, Ernesto Contreras Reyes, 42, of Mexico, was charged last week with illegal Social Security Number use. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted, Evans' office said.

• Aeren "Ace" Rogers, 25, is wanted on allegations that he fired a gun at multiple people during a July 17 gun battle in the 2400 block of Roffignac Street in the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans police said Monday. At least one unidentified person was wounded in the gun battle — at least one other suspect in the case, 26-year-old Jeremy Sellers, has previously been identified. 

Michael McCormack, 19, was arrested on allegations that he stole a car and keys from a home in the 4900 block of Tchoupitoulas Street as well as boots from a car in the 500 block of Cadiz Street shortly after the break-ins about 5:40 a.m. Monday, New Orleans police said. Police said they captured McCormack near the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Annunciation Street in Uptown. 

This report was compiled by staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas

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