NOPD investigates homicide in New Orleans East _lowres


Man called ‘Cigarette’ sought in home invasion

New Orleans police are looking for a man known as “Cigarette” who allegedly forced his way into an Algiers apartment early Monday morning and threatened to kill a woman.

The victim told police that Cigarette knocked on her door about 7 a.m., shoved his way in and pointed a gun at her while threatening her.

Police did not say why Cigarette would have threatened the victim, only that he left her apartment without harming her.

Police described him as a black man, about 6-foot-2, with long, black dreadlocks and two teardrops tattooed under his left eye.

A man who was with him during the incident is described as black, about 5-foot-6 with braided hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call 4th District detectives at (504) 658-6040.

Woman arrested after stabbing in Uptown

A woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed a man during an argument early Wednesday morning in Uptown, New Orleans police said.

After the 45-year-old victim and Kristie Harris, 37, got into a shouting match about 3:15 a.m. inside a home in the 2300 block of Amelia Street, Harris allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim, who was reported in stable condition later at a hospital.

Harris was booked with aggravated battery, according to Orleans Parish Prison records.

Woman’s purse taken during Algiers robbery

A woman was robbed of her purse Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of an Algiers grocery.

Police said the victim was getting into her car outside the Winn-Dixie in the 3800 block of Holiday Drive about 3:45 p.m. when an armed man walked up to her. He told her not to scream and took her purse. He drove away in an older-model, four-door black Pontiac, police said.

Police described the robber as a black man, about 5-foot-5 with a thin build, dark complexion, salt-and-pepper hair and missing teeth.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 4th District detectives at (504) 658-6040.

Brief Tammany standoff ends peacefully

A 27-year-old Covington man is undergoing evaluation at Lakeview Regional Medical Center after deputies were called Wednesday to a house in the River Oaks subdivision near Interstate 12 and U.S. 190 after neighbors reported the man was standing outside his parents’ house with a gun pointed at his head.

When deputies and Mandeville police officers arrived just after noon, the man, who has not been named, was uncooperative, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni. The SWAT team was summoned, but as it arrived, deputies were able to take the man into custody without incident, Carboni said.

St. John officials find drugs, suspect in car

A traffic stop Saturday in St. John the Baptist Parish found a Slidell man and woman were driving with three small children and more than 100 pounds of marijuana, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Adam Landry, 33, already was under investigation in St. Tammany Parish on suspicion of trafficking drugs, authorities said.

Investigators determined that Landry and his girlfriend, Miranda Davis, 31, live in the 1000 block of McBeth Court in Slidell’s Pinehurst Subdivision.

Authorities said they believed the home was being used to store several other drugs, and they obtained a warrant to search it. Among the items found during the search were

3.9 pounds of heroin with a street value of $150,000 to $180,000

A loaded .40 caliber pistol.

A loaded 9mm pistol

A loaded Ruger .223 assault rifle

$1,370 in U.S. currency.

Davis was booked on two counts of possession with intent to distribute schedule I narcotics including heroin and marijuana, simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug proceeds and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

St. Tammany detectives are seeking arrest warrants for Landry, who remains jailed in St. John Parish.

Man killed after losing control of pickup truck

A man was killed Tuesday night when he lost control of his pickup truck in New Orleans East and hit a tree, police said.

The accident happened about 10:35 p.m. at Lake Forest and Crowder boulevards.

Authorities said the driver, identified as Diogenes Cruz-Andino, was headed west on Lake Forest when he careened into the tree on the neutral ground near Crowder. Cruz, whose age was not immediately known, died at the scene from internal injuries, including a fractured spine, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

There were no passengers in the truck, and no one else was injured, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

Toxicology tests are pending.

Fatality investigator Kevin Thompson is in charge of the case.