Man killed at Metairie apartment building

A 35-year-old Marrero man was gunned down outside a Metairie apartment complex Tuesday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Karlton Charles was visiting his girlfriend at the complex in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue before the shooting happened, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Witnesses told detectives that Charles was walking to his pickup truck when gunfire erupted.

Neighbors and deputies on patrol in the area both reported hearing the gunfire, Boyd said, with the deputies arriving to find Charles on the ground between two apartment buildings.

He was unconscious and died at the scene, Boyd said.

Investigators did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect booked in fatal Gentilly shooting

The suspected gunman in a recent Gentilly homicide is behind bars.

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested Joseph Smooth, 22, at a home in the 1700 block of North Rocheblave Street and booked him on a count of second-degree murder.

Smooth allegedly gunned down Chad Forest, 31, about 8 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 2600 block of Dreux Avenue.

Police also arrested Terrence Armstrong, 20, who was in the home with Smooth, and booked him on obstruction of justice, illegal carrying of a firearm and a parole violation for burglary.

Homicide Detective Amy Robinson is in charge of the investigation.

Handyman suspected of stealing from homes

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested a Lacombe handyman who, they allege, did more than fix up some of the homes on which he worked.

Louis Angel Castro, 39, was booked on two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling after detectives say he stole things from a house in Lacombe and another in Slidell. Castro did odd jobs and lawn work for people throughout St. Tammany Parish, and detectives suspect he may have stolen from other houses, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone who hired Castro and suspects he may have stolen from them is asked to call Detective Brian Beech at (985) 726-7850.

Police: Man stabs woman after chase

A man who was being chased by a knife-wielding woman grabbed her weapon after she dropped it and instead cut her, New Orleans police said.

The incident stemmed from an argument between the 31-year-old woman and Bruce Goudeau, 33, police said.

During the argument about 8 a.m. Tuesday inside a home in the 1700 block of Marais Street, the woman grabbed a knife and ran out the back door after Goudeau, police said.

During the chase she dropped the knife, which Goudeau grabbed. He then cut the woman, police said.

Goudeau remained jailed Wednesday afternoon on counts of aggravated battery and simple battery, according to Orleans Parish Prison records.

Police search for man in cellphone snatching

New Orleans police are trying to identify and locate a man wanted in connection with a recent cellphone snatching in the Warehouse District.

The 39-year-old victim was walking on South Rampart Street near Julia Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday when the unknown man walked up from behind, grabbed a Motorola Razr and ran away.

The unknown man was seen running through a parking lot on O’Keefe Avenue toward Poydras Street, police said.

Police released a composite sketch of the man who is described as black, in his 20s, with a spiky hairstyle that might be a Mohawk and some facial hair. He wore a dark shirt and dark jeans.

Eighth District Detective Thomas Perez is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.

Man faces numerous charges after chase

A 22-year-old man is behind bars after he led police on a chase across that began in Central City and ended in Algiers late Tuesday, police said.

After the pursuit, police booked Tavion Aples on more than a dozen counts, including possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer and flight from an officer.

The chase began about 10:45 p.m. at St. Andrew and South Liberty streets after officers saw Aples, who was driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV, ignore a stop sign.

The officers turned on their lights to try to pull over the SUV, but it sped away. While chasing the car, the officers learned it was stolen Sunday and had a different license plate.

The chase ended when the SUV hit a car at Gen. de Gaulle Drive and Lennox Boulevard, at which point Aples hopped out and ran away. He was found trying to scale a fence behind a business in the 4600 block of Gen. de Gaulle and was arrested.

No one else was in the vehicle with Aples.

Police want to question woman in homicide

Police are searching for a woman they believe may have information about a recent homicide in New Orleans East.

Shamika Shelton, 25, is not a suspect in the shooting death of David Turner, only someone with whom detectives would like to speak, the NOPD said.

Turner, 61, was found dead inside his home in the 4900 block of Good Drive about 11 a.m. Monday.

Anyone with information on Shelton’s whereabouts is asked to contact homicide Detective Debra Normand at (504) 658-5300.

Two sought in Gentilly business burglary

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two unknown men wanted in connection with a Gentilly business burglary.

The men broke into the Boost Mobile store at 2059 Caton St. about 4 a.m. Saturday by cutting off a lock and prying open the front door, police said.

They fled with cash, phones, laptops and a game system. Surveillance footage recorded them walking to a white pickup truck.

Both men are described as black, about 5-foot-9 and about 225 pounds. Each man wore a dark shirt, dark pants and gloves during the burglary. One of the men also wore a dark baseball cap with a cloth over his face.

Third District Detective Raionda Edgerson is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6030.

Man touches Tulane student as she sleeps

A man walked into a Tulane student’s dorm room earlier this week and ran away only after he woke up the victim by touching her.

According to The Tulane Hullabaloo, the man walked into the victim’s unlocked room about 4:30 a.m. Monday.

The victim was asleep but woke up when the man touched her buttocks, the campus newspaper reported. The man then ran away.

Police seek three in Quarter robbery case

Police are trying to identify and locate three men who robbed a woman and boy who were walking to a bus stop after a night of tap dancing on Bourbon Street.

The 23-year-old woman and 11-year-old boy were in the 100 block of Dauphine Street about 8 p.m. Sept. 19 when the robbers walked up to them.

As one of the robbers began to talk to the woman, the other two men walked up from behind and tried to take her money. The woman resisted, and the men grabbed the boy and took his money before running away.

Police said the robbers are known to also tap dance on Bourbon.

The first man, known as Kobie, is described as black with a brown complexion, medium build and medium-length braided hair. He wore a white and red striped shirt and white and red Adidas shoes.

The second man, known as Nap, is described as a black man with a medium build and short braided hair. He wore a maroon soccer jersey and Air Jordan shoes.

The third man, known as Carl, is described as a black man with a brown complexion and a short, bushy hairstyle. He wore gray shorts.

Anyone with information about the men is asked to contact 8th District Detective Chris LaBorde at (504) 658-6080.

Man gets three years in child porn investigation

A man implicated in a wide-ranging child pornography investigation that has ensnared dozens of defendants across the country was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt handed down the sentence to Nicholas Saine, 27, of Seattle, Washington, for possessing child pornography.

He was arrested in November after authorities determined he had videos containing child pornography that he received through websites operated by Jonathan Johnson, of Abita Springs.

Saine pleaded guilty to the charge on April 30. He will undergo five years of supervised release once he is out of prison. He must also register as a sex offender.

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