A 36-year-old man was choked and robbed in the back seat of what he believed was a Lyft vehicle in the French Quarter early Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said.
According to a preliminary log of overnight crimes, the incident was reported around 3:20 a.m. in the 600 block of St. Louis Street.
The victim was reportedly a passenger in a ride-sharing vehicle when he was choked by someone in the back seat whom he didn't know. The attacker removed the victim's watch, and the victim got out of the vehicle.
NOPD didn't specify whether the attacker had been in the vehicle the whole time or if he got into the vehicle during the ride.
In other matters recently handled by local law enforcement:
• A man was shot in the leg in the 3300 block of South Liberty Street in Central City about 11 a.m. Wednesday, New Orleans police said.
• Braneisha Warnsley, 16, was jailed on allegations that she cut a 15-year-old girl with a butcher knife at Carondelet Street and Louisiana Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
That case was one of at least two cuttings reported Tuesday. The other was reported about 9:50 p.m. when a 43-year-old man showed up at University Medical Center with two stab wounds he got during a fight at a location police did not disclose.
• A 43-year-old man was robbed of his car at gunpoint by two masked men who approached him in the 200 block of South Broad Street in Mid-City about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The victim's car was described as a blue 2006 Nissan Sentra with Louisiana license plate ZHY 991.
• Joyce Gaines, 63, of Harvey, received a prison sentence of 2 1/2 years on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to plotting to prepare a false tax return, federal prosecutors said. Racquel Walker, 32, also of Harvey, received an 18-month sentence in the same case.
• Sandra Raven, 51, of LaPlace, was charged with filing false tax returns with stolen identities in a six-count indictment, federal prosecutors Wednesday said.
• Marcia Denise Jordan, 46, of Mandeville, pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said.
Jordan filed a 2011 tax return that said she owed the government no money and had made $10,000 to the Internal Revenue Service despite knowing she'd made $493,266 in taxable income that year, prosecutors said. She faces up to five years in prison.
A woman named Marcia Denise Jordan was rejected four times in her efforts to join Louisiana's state Bar Association, a past National Law Journal article has said. The article mentioned the reason for the final rejection involved evidence that she had embezzled money from a student bar association and had engaged in the practice of law without authorization.
• A youth who was 15 when he fired a gun at three undercover troopers was sentenced to 25 years in prison under a plea bargain with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.
Quincy Shaw, now 17, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree murder. Authorities said he shot at troopers who spotted him and two other youths inside a stolen Chevrolet Silverado in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie supermarket in New Orleans East on Dec. 11, 2015.
The troopers were following the Silverado when Shaw, who was in the right passenger seat, fired at their vehicle on Marque Street and struck it three times. Two troopers were hit by falling glass and a third – who was present in court – had shrapnel hit his chest and rip his shirt.
The teens in the SUV escaped that day but State Police ultimately used DNA and other evidence to arrest Shaw and three others: Robert LeBlanc, 19; Damond Scott, 18; and Anthony Crawford, 20. All three still face trial.
Police said they suspected the youths were members of a gang, which Shaw’s sister denied in an interview.
Scott was also charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in a separate case.
Staff writers Ramon Antonio Vargas and Matt Sledge contributed to this report.