A 55-year-old man was killed Friday night in Uptown New Orleans in what may have been a justifiable homicide, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Police found a man lying face-down in the 1300 block of Gen. Ogden Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
During their investigation, detectives learned that the victim and his 25-year-old girlfriend had been involved in an argument outside their house that turned physical. Witnesses told police that the victim was punching and kicking his girlfriend when a male neighbor jumped in to help the woman.
The woman called police, and the neighbor told detectives he held down the victim until police arrived. The neighbor said the victim became unresponsive while he was restraining him.
Detectives released the 43-year-old neighbor after questioning him. Police said he will not be charged at this time. Once the investigation is complete, the results will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office.
On Saturday, neighbors described the victim as a “good father” who always tried to provide for his kids. They also said the couple had several big arguments recently but that the man usually left the house before the fights got physical.
“They had some knock-down, drag-out fights,” said one neighbor, who declined to give a name.
Homicide Detective Barret Morton is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
New Orleans restaurateur charged with wire fraud
New Orleans restaurateur Jason C. Doyle, 38, was charged with wire fraud and with failing to pay taxes, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said Friday.
According to a bill of information filed in federal court, Doyle operated, marketed and sold several restaurant franchises to willing investors. From 2010 through 2014, it says, he defrauded three investors who paid him more than $888,000 for a restaurant franchise.
The money was paid to Doyle with the understanding that he would furnish them with either a restaurant or the equipment and essentials necessary to open a restaurant, but instead, he diverted the money for his own personal use, according to prosecutors.
Franchises under Doyle’s company have included the Wine Loft and Huey’s 24/7 Diner.
In 2010, Doyle also deducted federal taxes from his employees’ wages. However, he failed to pay the taxes to the government. According to Polite, he owes the Department of Treasury more than $105,000.
The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The maximum penalty for failing to pay taxes is five years and a fine of $250,000.
Man accused of filing false police report
New Orleans police arrested 42-year-old Lowell Johnson and booked him on a count of filing a false police report. The incident occurred Thursday in the 7600 block of Michigan Street in New Orleans East, police said.
Johnson originally told officers that he went outside about 9 a.m. and started the 2008 Chevy Corvette parked in his driveway. He said he then went back inside his home briefly, leaving the car running. Moments later, he said, he heard a loud crashing sound coming from outside.
Johnson told police that his car had been crashed into his neighbor’s fence and that he saw two juveniles running away. He said he grabbed his pistol and fired two warning shots into the ground to scare the youths, who fled on foot.
During the course of the investigation, a neighbor told detectives that Johnson made up the story. After questioning, he confessed that he had lied.
Johnson said he made up the story because he crashed the car into the fence by accident and feared that because he didn’t have insurance, he would be completely liable for the damages. Johnson told detectives that he fired the shots into the ground to make his story look authentic.
Johnson was booked on filing a false police report and firing a gun illegally.
Man arrested in robbery, vehicle theft in N.O. East
New Orleans police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery early Saturday morning in New Orleans East.
Joshua Raymond was booked on counts of armed robbery, vehicle theft and possessing stolen things in the incident, which took place in the 10500 block of Curran Road, police said.
A 55-year-old woman was walking to her apartment about 12:40 a.m. when she was approached by a man with a gun who demanded the keys to her 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Minutes later, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle inside the apartment complex and tried to stop it. The driver abandoned the car in the rear of the complex and fled on foot, climbing over a fence and into a nearby neighborhood.
Police saw the man climbing over the fence when they arrived on the scene. Officers cordoned off the area, set up a perimeter and requested a K-9 unit.
Canine Officer David Bennett and his dog Zlomok were able to apprehend Raymond without incident. He was hiding under a house in the 7900 block of Lehigh Street, according to police.
Three robbed at gunpoint in 7th Ward Friday night
A 28-year-old man and two women, ages 22 and 25, were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in the 7th Ward, police said.
The three were in the 1600 block of North Roman Street about 11:30 p.m. when they were approached by an armed man who demanded their money.
Police said the robber fled with a cellphone, a set of headphones and $11.
Two men robbed at gunpoint Uptown
Two men, ages 43 and 38, were robbed in the West Carrollton neighborhood early Saturday morning, New Orleans police said.
The pair were in the 8400 block of Cohn Street when they were approached by an armed man who demanded their property. They complied, and he fled.