Extortion alleged over nude photos

A Marrero teenager was arrested last month for using social media to request nude photos and videos from juveniles, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Cole Edwards, 17, of Marrero, was arrested Jan. 13 and booked on two counts of extortion and one count of indecent behavior with juveniles, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cmdr. Eric Becnel said Tuesday.

Becnel said officials learned that Edwards contacted a 16-year-old boy through social media, pretending to be a female, and asked the boy to send him nude photos of himself. The boy complied with the request, and Edwards allegedly sent the juvenile nude photos of a female.

Edwards then asked the 16-year-old to send a sexual video of himself, saying that if he refused, Edwards would send his nude photos to his friends, the Sheriff’s Office said. When the juvenile refused, deputies said, Edwards threatened to send the nude photos of the victim to his mother’s friends.

A relative of the victim told the Sheriff’s Office about the incident, Becnel said.

Edwards confessed, according to deputies, and said he wanted the nude photos and videos for sexual gratification.

Deputies said they then identified another victim, a 17-year-old Plaquemines Parish resident, and also found a nude photo of a third, unidentified teenage boy on Edwards’ cellphone.

Edwards was booked Jan. 13 on two counts of extortion and one count of indecent behavior with juveniles. He was released Jan. 15 after posting a $27,500 cash bond.

Becnel said the Sheriff’s Office believes there are more victims and asked anyone with information to contact Sgt. Aaron Verrette at (504) 564-2525.

Rampart St. shooting one of three Tuesday

A 24-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot several times in the 100 block of South Rampart Street on Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said.

Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said the man was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition after being shot shortly after 2:30 p.m. Police said the shooter ran toward Tulane Avenue.

One man working nearby, who declined to give his name, said he heard roughly eight shots.

Police also reported two shootings early Tuesday morning.

About 12:15 a.m., a man was shot in the arm near North Claiborne Avenue and Canal Street. The 18-year-old man was riding a hoverboard when two people approached him, asking him questions about the board. One of the pair then pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and demanded the hoverboard and other property, police said in a preliminary offense log.

The victim lunged at the gun and it discharged, striking the victim, police said. The robbers fled with the hoverboard, cash and a cellphone. The victim walked to a hospital.

About 1:30 a.m., police said, a state trooper found an unidentified man shot inside a vehicle near North Dorgenois Street and Franklin Avenue. The victim was taken to a hospital.

Wounded Jefferson deputy still critical

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy shot five times while serving a warrant on a drug suspect in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward last week remains in critical but stable condition, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s Office Col. John Fortunato thanked the public on behalf of Deputy Stephen Arnold and his family for their good wishes. Fortunato said Arnold’s doctors were “in close contact with his family making decisions for what’s in his best interest.”

Fortunato said those wishing to make donations on Arnold’s behalf can send checks payable to the Sheriff Newell Normand Community Foundation c/o Treasurer, at 2612 Crestway Road, Marrero, LA 70072.

The foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization set up by Normand to receive donations, Fortunato said.

Man arrested in St. Charles Parish rape

A New Orleans man has been arrested on attempted murder, rape and kidnapping counts stemming from an incident that began in St. Charles Parish.

Capt. Patrick Yoes, of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Dave Turner, 39, forced his way into a former acquaintance’s residence in St. Rose about 9:30 a.m. Monday, then raped and choked her.

Turner then forced the woman into a vehicle, Yoes said, and pushed her out as they drove toward New Orleans on Interstate 10. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a fractured ankle as well as cuts and bruises.

Turner was taken into custody from his residence in Algiers with the help of U.S. marshals. He was booked into the Orleans Parish jail on the outstanding St. Charles Parish warrant, as well as an Orleans Parish second-degree battery count.

Three armed robberies reported in N.O.

Three separate armed robberies were reported Tuesday night in New Orleans, police said in an offense log:

A 19-year-old man was robbed of property in the 7000 block of Freret Street about 5:30 p.m.

About an hour later, a 68-year-old man was robbed of a bag containing hydrocodone in the 6400 block of Gen. Meyer Avenue in Algiers.

About 8 p.m., three juveniles robbed a 31-year-old man near Alsace Street and Peltier Drive in New Orleans East.

Woman stabs siblings, N.O. police say

A woman stabbed her sister and then her brother after he tried to break up a fight in the 400 block of First Street about 8 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans police said.

Police allege Karen Anderson, 53, stabbed her 50-year-old sister several times and then stabbed her 60-year-old brother when he tried to break up the fight. Both were taken to a hospital.

Anderson was arrested on two counts of aggravated battery. A judge set bail at $60,000 Monday and ordered her to stay away from her siblings.