Two men arrested in shooting of Irish cop

New Orleans police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two men in the shooting last week in the 7th Ward of a visiting Irish police officer.

The NOPD announced the arrest of Melvin Galle Jr., 40, previously identified as a suspect in the shooting of Brian Hanrahan, an officer in the Irish national police agency Garda Síochána, posted to the city of Limerick.

Galle and his brother, Keith, were arrested in the 1600 block of Laharpe Street, a little over half a mile from where Hanrahan was shot, police said.

NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said Keith Galle had been identified as the second man allegedly involved in robbing and shooting Hanrahan.

Hanrahan has said he withdrew $200 from an ATM and walked with a man he met in the French Quarter to the 2200 block of New Orleans Street, where they were supposedly going to get a drink. When they got there, a second man allegedly robbed and shot Hanrahan about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 27.

Victim in Monday shooting identified

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal shooting early Monday that occurred in a vacant lot on Pauger Street. The man’s name was Destrin Johnson, 34.

Police responded to a call about 12:05 a.m. in the 2800 block of Pauger and found Johnson’s dead body lying in the grass next to a house.

Police asked anyone with information about the crime to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police: Man threatens to kill mom, girlfriend

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Covington-area man for cyberstalking after he allegedly sent numerous text messages to his mother and his estranged girlfriend, who is pregnant, threatening to kill them and other family members as well as himself.

The Sheriff’s Office was called about the threats on Jan. 27.

It began searching for Donald Taylor, 33, in Baton Rouge and St. Tammany.

A member of the Street Crimes Unit spotted a man matching his description traveling on Interstate 12 near the Airport Road exit on Saturday.

After stopping the vehicle, the deputy positively identified Taylor.

Taylor had a passenger, 22-year-old Desmond McPipe, of Slidell. There were also drugs in the vehicle: 150 alprazolam tablets, 83 Ecstasy tablets and three grams of marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

McPipe was booked with second-offense possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances.

Taylor faces the same drug counts, two counts of cyberstalking and one of improper lane usage.

Authorities investigate rape in Central City

Police are investigating a rape that occurred in Central City on Monday afternoon.

The victim was assaulted by an unknown man about 2:15 p.m., police said. The incident happened in the 2900 block of Toledano Street.

Police seeking three men in auto burglary

Police are looking for three man who stole items from an unlocked car.

About 9:40 p.m. Jan. 27, three men stole a gold chain from an unlocked car in the 4800 block of Rhodes Drive in New Orleans East, according to police.

Seventh District detectives are in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6070.

Man sought in theft of crawfish tails

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stole crawfish from a Gentilly supermarket.

About 11 a.m. Jan. 27, the man walked into the Canseco’s store in the 5200 block of Elysian Fields Avenue.

He put 10 packs of frozen crawfish tails into a shopping basket, according to police, but then hid eight of the packs in his pants.

He paid for two packs and walked out without paying for the crawfish­ — valued at $75 — in his pants.

He was described as a black man wearing a blue or black and yellow sweatshirt, blue jeans and dark colored shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.