Two men were arrested in a pair of separate robberies on Monday, according to reports from New Orleans police.
The first incident occurred about 10 a.m. Monday when a man allegedly approached a woman in a Lowe's parking lot in New Orleans East, shoved her into a car and stole her purse. The store is located in the 5800 block of Read Boulevard. Two bystanders stepped in to help the victim as the man, identified as Jason Batiste, 42, fled. The victim and bystanders pursued the man across Read Boulevard, according to the report, where they flagged down an NOPD officer who arrested Batiste. He was booked on counts of simple burglary, purse snatching, attempted carjacking and possession of drug paraphernalia.
About two hours later, a 34-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing another man's pillow and then cutting him with a pair of drywall scissors, according to an NOPD report. The incident occurred about noon near Howard and O'Keefe avenues in the Central Business District. The incident began when the arrested man, identified as Patrick Meliff, allegedly went into another man's backpack and stole his pillow. When the victim confronted Meliff, Meliff pulled out the scissors and cut the man, police said. Meliff was arrested and booked on counts of theft and aggravated battery.
In other cases handled recently by local authorities:
• The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office on Tuesday identified the man fatally shot inside a vehicle in the 4700 block of Raymond Joseph Drive in New Orleans East on Monday night as 44-year-old Christopher Bordere. Police responding to the scene about 6:30 p.m. found Bordere's body slumped over behind the steering wheel of a car. He had been shot multiple times, police said.
• A 14-year-old boy used a stolen gun to shoot a 15-year-old boy outside a home on Grant Drive in LaPlace about 7:20 a.m. Monday, the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office said. The younger boy was booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder as well as several car and home break-ins in the area, the Sheriff's Office said. The older boy was hospitalized and was in stable condition Tuesday.
• St. John deputies recently arrested two other suspects in the Oct. 8 slaying of 22-year-old Shane Chopin in LaPlace. Kyron Joseph, 21, and Jermaine Michael Tuircuit Jr., 21, both of LaPlace, were arrested Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, respectively.
Clarensio Lintrell Bolden, 26, of Garyville, as well as LaPlace men Deschad Matthews, 21, and Ronte Murray, 19, had previously been booked in connection with Chopin's killing.
Deputies discovered Chopin behind a trash bin in the 800 block of West Airline Highway about 11:35 p.m. on the night of the killing. He had been shot several times, the Sheriff's Office has said.
• A 59-year-old man on Monday reported a robbery in the French Quarter that occurred two days earlier, according to the NOPD. The man said he was walking in the 400 block of Bourbon Street when two unknown men pinned his arms behind his back and took items from his pockets. The man said the robbery occurred Saturday.
• A 19-year-old man said he was walking in Algiers when two men approached on foot and began shooting at him. The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Monday near Lawrence and Farragut streets. The man was transported to a hospital for treatment.
• A 29-year-old woman said she was riding her bicycle near the Fair Grounds when a man grabbed it from her. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. near Maurepas Street and Gentilly Boulevard. The woman said she was stopped at an intersection when a white pickup pulled up next to her. A man got out of the truck, grabbed the bike by the handlebars, yelled that it was his, threw it into the back of the truck and drove off.
• A man was stabbed in the 6600 block of Riverside Drive in Metairie about 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. His wounds were not life-threatening, the Sheriff's Office added.
• One of six people charged in New Orleans federal court recently in the December 2013 holdup and slaying of Loomis armored truck driver Hector Trochez remained at large Tuesday.
Authorities asked for help in finding the defendant, Robert "Lil Rob" Brumfield, 24. Loomis is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Brumfield's capture, the FBI's New Orleans field office said Tuesday.
A woman named Jasmine Theophile, charged with trying to thwart investigators on the case by destroying a cellphone, pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Her attorney, Robert Jenkins, said he had no comment about the case at this point.