JPSO: Suspect strikes deputy with vehicle

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was struck by a vehicle while responding to a shoplifting complaint at a Harvey craft store Monday, the agency said.

When Deputy Sebrina Howard arrived at the store, 1601 West Bank Expressway, about 12:30 p.m., she was told that a woman identified as Renata Robertson, 35, of New Orleans, had stolen merchandise from the store, spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.

He said a store employee had confronted the woman, who surrendered her purse containing the merchandise but claimed she had left a minor child unattended in her vehicle. She requested to return to the vehicle to retrieve her child. As Howard and the store employee approached the vehicle, they discovered there was no child inside, but Robertson got into it, placed it in reverse and began to back in the direction of the deputy, Fortunato said.

Howard ordered her to stop while trying to detain her, but Robertson kept accelerating in reverse, knocking the deputy to the ground, Fortunato said. As a wheel began to roll over Howard’s right foot, she was able to pull it away before suffering major injury. The store employee jumped into the driver’s seat and depressed the brake petal.

Other JPSO units arrived and detained Robertson without further incident. Howard was treated on the scene for her foot injury.

Robertson was arrested and booked on counts of shoplifting, aggravated battery and resisting arrest by violence.

She has prior arrests for resisting an officer, disturbing the peace, theft and other counts, Fortunato said.

Two youths arrested in March 10 shooting

New Orleans police arrested 17-year-old Ernest Thomas and 18-year-old Jonathan Davis in connection with a shooting March 10 near South Saratoga and Third streets.

A woman and a man were shot about 6:45 p.m. by a gunman who fled in the direction of Danneel Street. The man was shot in the head and was transported to a hospital in critical condition. The woman was shot in the knee.

Detectives obtained surveillance video from a nearby bar that showed two people walking to the scene of the incident and then running away. The detectives identified the two as Thomas and Davis.

They were booked on two counts each of attempted second-degree murder.

Kenner man accused of rape, kidnapping

New Orleans police have arrested a Kenner man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend in November near the lakefront.

David Hunter Jr. 19, was booked last week on counts of second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. He was being held Monday in lieu of $67,500 bail.

The woman told police that Hunter took her phone and began reading her text messages. She said he became irate when he saw other men referring to her as “baby,” according to an arrest warrant.

According to police, Hunter struck the woman in the face with a closed fist and held her against her will, driving her to St. Charles Parish and then back to New Orleans. The rape allegedly occurred about midnight Nov. 29 near Lakeshore Drive and Beauregard Avenue.

Woman arrested over stolen dog spat

A Gretna woman was arrested over the weekend on allegations she assaulted an 8-year-old boy over a stolen dog.

Marilyn Jones, 48, was booked Sunday on one count of cruelty to juvenile.

Jones pinned the boy against a fence and struck him in the face with an open hand, according to an arrest report. She later admitted to the attack and told authorities the child had gotten “what he deserved.”

Four FedEx employees booked with theft

Kenner police on Monday arrested four package handlers at a FedEx shipping center following a theft investigation.

Police said the employees admitted to stealing $13,400 worth of electronics, including phones and watches, from the facility.

Booked in the case were Earl Jones, 21; Joshua Davis, 25; Daquan Thomas, 20; and Christopher Washington, 25, all of New Orleans. All four remained in custody late Monday.

Burglary probed in New Orleans East

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary that happened late Sunday in New Orleans East.

It happened about 11 p.m. in the 5100 block of Bundy Road.

An unidentified man accosted a 37-year-old man as he was walking to his apartment and stole his keys. Two other people then appeared, and the three of them entered the victim’s home and stole $300, police said.

Police: Man pointed firearm at victim

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and accused of pointing a gun at a man last week.

Brandon LaSalle, of Marrero, was booked on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to police, LaSalle pointed a gun at the man Thursday evening near the intersection of City Park Avenue and Interstate 10. A witness told police that LaSalle had walked up to the driver’s side of a tow truck and aimed a firearm at the 43-year-old victim.

Arrest made in Sunday shooting in Algiers

New Orleans police arrested a man accused of opening fire on a man over the weekend after an argument at a red light. Robert Clark, 39, was booked on aggravated assault with a firearm.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon near MacArthur Boulevard and Holiday Drive in Algiers.

Clark and the 34-year-old victim got into an argument at a red light, police said. Clark opened fire on the man’s vehicle, striking it four times, police said.

Kenner drug dealer pleads, gets 22 years

Moments after a jury was seated for his trial, a Kenner man agreed Monday to plead guilty to eight narcotics and other charges in exchange for a 22-year prison sentence.

Charles E. Nelson, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute alprazolam, possession of heroin, simple criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents booked Nelson on Jan. 11, 2013, after receiving information that he was selling illegal narcotics in the Fat City area, according to the arrest report. The agents observed Nelson making a hand-to-hand drug sale, followed him and pulled him over for a traffic stop in the 3300 block of Cleary Avenue, according to the report.

Using a drug-sniffing dog, the narcotics agents found a sock in the vehicle’s engine compartment containing crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin and hydrocodone, plus $613 in small bills inside the vehicle, according to the report.

He was released from jail after posting a $90,000 bond and was awaiting trial on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and hydrocodone and possession of heroin when he was arrested again on Nov. 19.

Narcotics agents had been informed that Nelson again was selling crack cocaine, and they were seeking him when they learned he had a bench warrant for his arrest because he failed to show up in court in the pending case, prosecutors said.

The agents found him in the 4900 block of York Street in Metairie. When they attempted to arrest him, he accelerated his vehicle and struck a Sheriff’s Office vehicle, according to the arrest report. Deputies said he resisted arrest by refusing to get out of his vehicle and then struggling with the officers as they tried to handcuff him, according to the report.

They arrested him after finding crack cocaine, powder cocaine and alprazolam and hydrocodone pills. Prosecutors charged him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, hydrocodone and alprazolam, in addition to simple criminal damage and resisting arrest.

The court spent the day Monday selecting a jury that was to hear testimony on all of the charges. Just after the panel was sworn in, Nelson agreed to a negotiated plea offer, which 24th Judicial District Court Judge Lee Faulkner accepted.

Nelson pleaded guilty as a double offender under the state’s career criminal law because of a 2003 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Faulkner ordered all of Nelson’s sentences to run concurrently, for a total of 22 years.

He also ordered Nelson to pay restitution to the Sheriff’s Office of $3,007 for the damage he caused when he struck the deputy’s vehicle.

NOPD: Man sought in Monday burglary

The NOPD is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Kevin Wright, 32, who is wanted in an aggravated burglary that occurred Monday in the 1900 block of Elizardi Street.

A female victim told police that a man broke into her apartment about noon and assaulted her. He took her cellphone and fled, she said. He was described as a black man about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 275 pounds.

Detectives identified Wright as the suspect.

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