State Police have made several drug arrests a month since beginning an undercover operation in the French Quarter in mid-April, Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said Tuesday.
Forty people have been arrested since the start of the operation, mostly on distribution charges, and six more are wanted by police.
Edmonson and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said those drug arrests have freed up NOPD officers to focus on other enforcement duties.
“Some of this is wide open; some of this is in the 100, 200, 300 blocks of Bourbon, where you have the majority of the visitors,” Edmonson said. “We’re making those arrests and sending a message to them: You know what, even the lowest level of drug buy on the street is not acceptable.”
Police are looking for six suspects: Greg Kagler, 25, on counts of possession and distribution of cocaine; Kyle Mathieu, 32, possession and distribution of heroin; Morris Joiner, 52, distribution of counterfeit marijuana, possession with intent to distribute counterfeit marijuana and distribution of counterfeit cocaine; Charles Rayfield, 29, distribution of cocaine; Jamall Washington, 31, distribution of counterfeit cocaine; and Gerald Jerome, 29, possession and distribution of heroin.
Man booked in N.O. East attempted murder
A 30-year-old New Orleans man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house in New Orleans East while she was asleep and choked her and threatened to kill her last month, police said.
With three young children in the house, police said, the frightened victim was able to escape while Joseph Davis searched her kitchen for a knife. Davis eventually fled the woman’s house in the 4600 block of America Street, police said. He was booked on counts of home invasion and attempted murder Monday.
Davis and the woman, 29, had broken up seven months before the Oct. 1 incident, according to an arrest warrant written by Officer Travis Johnson.
Police said that as the victim slept about 9 a.m., Joseph entered her bedroom and began pummeling her head and back. He turned her over and began to strike her in the face, the woman told police, and then choked her.
“I’m going to kill you,” Davis told the woman, according to the warrant.
The woman said she was able to fight off Davis and run into her living room. She tried to leave the house, but he blocked her way and slammed the door, police said.
Davis then tossed a television set to the floor and started going through the kitchen drawers, the woman said. The woman told police she believed he was looking for a knife. But with Davis distracted, the woman said, she was able to flee to a neighbor’s house for help. At that point, Davis left.
The woman told police that she had ended her relationship with Davis because of his frequent assaults on her. She had moved to her new residence on America Street after the break-up, she said, but somehow he was able to find her there.
A judge set bail for Davis at $90,000 on Tuesday.
Marrero murder suspect arrested in N.O.
A Marrero man wanted on an attempted first-degree murder warrant after a Monday shooting was arrested in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, authorities said.
Maurice Williams, 26, of the 900 block of Carmadelle Street, is accused of shooting a 28-year-old man multiple times as he sat in a vehicle in the 1000 block of Carmadelle Street about 6 p.m. Monday.
Another man inside the car suffered a graze wound but was able to drive the more seriously injured victim to a hospital, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.
Deputies and members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force arrested Williams in the 2300 block of Bartholomew Street in New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon.
Chalmette auto repair shop owner shot
A Slidell man who owns an automotive repair business in the 3600 block of Montesquieu Street in Chalmette was shot in both legs about 3 p.m. Tuesday after a dispute with a customer, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Authorities said the perpetrator fled in a black Chevrolet Malibu.
Man shot Monday in Treme neighborhood
Police said a man walking near Lemann Playground, at North Claiborne Avenue and Lafitte Street, was shot in the abdomen and hip about 10 p.m. Monday.
The victim, 22, was approached by someone who asked for change and then shot him, police said.
JPSO: 2 men attacked on Barry Avenue
Two men fell victim to a cutting and a battery in the 200 block of Barry Avenue about 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Three armed robberies reported in N.O.
A woman, 19, was robbed of her purse at gunpoint in the 2300 block of Urquhart Street about 5 p.m. Monday, New Orleans police said.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint about midnight in the 100 block of Elk Place in the CBD, police said.
About 1:30 a.m., Ronald Pitts, 50, forced his way into a man’s apartment in the 3100 block of Gravier Street, police said. The victim was struck several times with a hammer, police said, and was then forced to walk to a nearby store to withdraw money from an ATM. A cashier there called police, and Pitts was arrested.