Car with infant inside stolen; child, 1, safe
A 30-year-old woman was carjacked Thursday morning in Gentilly Terrace with her child in the car, New Orleans police said.
About 10 a.m., the woman was pumping gas into her Nissan Milano at the Chevron station at 3400 Franklin Ave. when a young man jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away with her 1-year-old daughter inside.
The car and the child were found about 10:45 a.m. at Hope and Touro streets. The man had abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside; the child was not harmed.
The carjacker is described as a black male in his late teens with a thin build. He was wearing a white skull cap, a blue sweater and blue jeans.
Woman’s body found in trash can in Central City
A woman’s partially clothed body was found Wednesday afternoon stuffed in a trash can behind a Central City home, New Orleans police said.
The unknown woman appeared to have been stabbed, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.
A city building inspector made the discovery a little after noon in an alleyway in the 3300 block of Danneel Street. While surveying an abandoned home, the inspector found the trash can behind an occupied home. The can felt heavier than usual, and the inspector looked inside, Robertson said.
The owner of the house behind which the trash can was found told police he did not know how it got there.
The woman, who appeared to be in her 40s and whose pants were down around her legs, apparently had not been dead long before she was discovered, Robertson said. Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.
Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5300.
Hit-and-run leaves 1 dead in St. Charles
Louisiana State Police are looking for a hit-and-run car that killed a young woman in St. Charles Parish early Thursday morning.
About 1:45 a.m., State Police Troop B was notified of a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian. A woman from St. Rose died in the accident, which happened in the 300 block of La. 626, or St. Rose Avenue.
An initial investigation revealed that a car, operated by an unknown driver, was traveling southbound on La. 626 while the 25-year-old victim, Christin Allday, was walking across the road, State Police said.
Allday failed to yield to the oncoming car and was hit. She was transported to St. Charles Parish Hospital, where she died.
Police aren’t sure whether Allday was impaired when the accident happened. Blood and urine samples will be subjected to toxicological analysis.
The crash is still under investigation. Troopers ask that anyone with information about the hit-and-run vehicle call Troop B at (504) 471-2775.
Man shot Wednesday in Central City
A man was injured Wednesday during a shooting in Central City.
A stranger in an SUV began shooting at the 23-year-old victim just before 3 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Liberty Street, police said.
The man was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
Police report unclassified death
New Orleans police reported an unclassified death Wednesday afternoon in the Treme neighborhood.
The 26-year-old man was discovered dead about 4 p.m. in the 1100 block of Esplanade Avenue. His girlfriend said she woke up next to him in the truck in which they were sleeping and found him unresponsive.
Police said no foul play is suspected.
Store robbed of laundry detergent at gunpoint
A New Orleans East store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday evening, according to police.
A man loaded a shopping cart with laundry detergent at a store in the 9700 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 6:30 p.m. and attempted to leave without paying.
When an employee tried to stop him, the man showed her a gun.
Man carjacked in Lower 9th Ward
A man was carjacked Wednesday night in the Lower 9th Ward, police said.
The 41-year-old victim was in the 1400 block of Tupelo Street about 10:30 p.m. when the crime happened.
Domestic dispute leads to stabbing
A domestic dispute in the Treme neighborhood turned into a stabbing Thursday morning, New Orleans police said.
A 55-year-old woman was involved in an altercation with her husband about 5:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Esplanade Avenue when the fight escalated. The husband stabbed the woman several times.
Man sought in two Metairie robberies
Jefferson Parish authorities are trying to identify a man who robbed two Metairie businesses in recent days.
The first robbery happened about 5 p.m. Friday at a Subway sandwich shop in the 3800 block of Veterans Boulevard.
About 8:40 p.m. Saturday, the man robbed a Shell gas station in the 3400 block of West Esplanade Avenue.
The robber is described as a white man between 30 and 45, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 with a medium build. He has brown or salt-and-pepper hair, wore a baseball cap and gray fleece jacket with a zipper during each robbery and had a small black handgun.
He drove away in a light-colored Ford Fusion with a possible partial license plate number of 505.
Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
‘Beetlejuice’ sought in French Quarter beating
New Orleans police are looking for a man dressed as Beetlejuice who might be able to help them identify two men wanted in connection with a recent beating in the French Quarter.
The attack happened about 1 a.m. Nov. 1 near Orleans and Burgundy streets.
The 29- and 37-year-old male victims said two men walked up and asked if they could use a cellphone. The victims declined, and the men began to follow them and knocked them both unconscious.
One of the victims said he woke up to find a man dressed as Beetlejuice standing over him and saying that help was on the way.
The 29-year-old victim had a fractured skull and a subdural hematoma, a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.
The 37-year-old victim suffered a cut to the left side of his face that required nine stitches and a cut to the back of the head that required two staples.
One of the unknown men is described as white, about 5-foot-5 with a medium build and wavy hair. He was wearing a dark-colored, hooded sweatshirt.
The victims could not give a description of the other man.
Anyone with information about this incident or where to find the man dressed as Beetlejuice is asked to call 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.
Man, woman steal baby formula from Walgreens
A man and woman walked into a New Orleans East drugstore empty-handed on Wednesday but did not leave that way.
Police said the man and woman entered the Walgreens at 4200 Chef Menteur Highway about 9:15 a.m. The man was seen putting a bottle of baby formula into his jacket pocket, while the women was seen putting a bottle of formula into her pants pocket.
They both walked out without paying.
Man, 23, shot in thigh on Central City corner
A 23-year-old man was shot Wednesday afternoon in Central City, police said.
The shooting was reported about 3 p.m. at South Liberty and Felicity streets.
The victim was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his thigh, police said.
Woman, 55, booked in Jeff armed robberies
A 55-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly robbing or trying to rob several businesses in Jefferson Parish.
Patricia Meadows, who also goes by the name Patricia Tuttle, was booked Tuesday on one count each of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery and two counts of misdemeanor theft. She also was booked on three warrants issued Nov. 7 for forgery, theft and bank fraud, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Investigators believe Meadows is responsible for the following incidents:
Saturday, 7:15 p.m.: A woman robbed a Smoothie Time shop at 3908 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, after putting a knife to an employee’s neck. She fled in a light-colored vehicle.
Monday, 6:30 p.m.: A woman tried to rob Planet Beach, 1006 S. Clearview Parkway, Metairie. The woman, armed with a knife, walked up to an employee and demanded money from the register. The employee ran from the business and the woman fled without taking anything.
Detectives later learned about two other incidents committed by a woman who matched the description of the suspect in the prior two incidents:
Monday, 5:30 p.m.: A woman ran into the Starbucks store at 5161 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, grabbed the tip jar and fled.
Monday, 6:40 p.m.: A woman walked into the Baskin Robbins at 5171 Citrus Blvd., grabbed the tip jar and fled.
Detectives identified Meadows as a suspect by using partial license plate information provided by one victim and connecting it to a 2003 Toyota Corolla registered to Meadows, who has an address on Phlox Avenue in Metairie.
Each victim identified her as a suspect through a photographic lineup, Fortunato said.
Meadows has a criminal history dating back to 1978 with arrests for theft, forgery, issuing worthless checks, simple burglary, possession of stolen things, simple battery, crime against nature, prostitution and possession of various narcotics, Fortunato said.
She has 11 prior convictions: three for forgery, three for narcotics violations, one for theft of goods, one for possession of stolen things, one for crime against nature and two for failure to register as a sex offender.
Illicit video sent to embarrass teen girl
An 18-year-old Algiers woman was arrested this week in Plaquemines Parish on suspicion of distributing a sex video involving two juveniles in an effort to embarrass one of them, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jasmine P. Simonson was booked on three counts of distribution of child pornography, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
The investigation began Nov. 10 after detectives received a complaint about the video being distributed via text messages and email.
The video was made during the summer and involved one teen who was 14 and another who was 15 involved in consensual sex acts, Becnel said.
Simonson requested a copy of the video from the male juvenile, whom she knows, Becnel said. After she got the video, she allegedly sent it to several people, including minors.
Simonson allegedly confessed to detectives that she sent it to three teenagers.
She also admitted knowing that the two individuals in the video were juveniles. Simonson reportedly said she distributed the video to embarrass and humiliate the girl in it, Becnel said.
Simonson was booked Tuesday night. Her bail was set at $30,000.
The male juvenile who sent the video to Simonson was booked with “sexting,” Becnel said, and was released to the custody of his parents pending a hearing in juvenile court.
Teen, 17, wanted in recent auto theft
Police are trying to find a 17-year-old who is suspected in a recent auto theft.
Cody Hunter allegedly stole a vehicle from the 200 block of South Dorgenois Street about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.
The victim told police he saw an unknown man get in his car and drive away. The victim tried to stop the thief, who ran away after the car was stopped by traffic while going the wrong way down a one-way street, police said.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Hunter for theft of a motor vehicle after he was identified as a suspect.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Police arrest man in 7th Ward stabbing
A 53-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, accused of stabbing another man.
Details about what led to the stabbing were not immediately available, but police said it was reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Rocheblave Street.
Police arrived to find the 39-year-old victim suffering from a stab wound.
Witnesses told police that Ronald Edwards was responsible and told them where they could find him. He was booked with aggravated battery by cutting.
Edwards remained jailed Wednesday.
N.O. police investigate three armed robberies
New Orleans police were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:
7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Washington Avenue: An unknown man with a rifle walked into a cellphone store and demanded money. The victims handed over their cash, and the robber ran away.
8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 4800 block of Gen. Meyer Avenue, Algiers: Two unknown men walked in to a Subway sandwich shop and demanded money. The cashier complied, and the robbers ran away. Police believe the same men robbed another Subway about 7 p.m. Monday in the 5100 block of Gen. de Gaulle Drive, Algiers.
One robber is described as a black man with a medium to heavy build, about 5-foot-5 or 5-foot-6. He wore a black knit cap, black jacket, black pants and white tennis shoes. The other is described as a black man with a slim to medium build, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6. He wore a black knit cap, blue jacket, black pants and black tennis shoes with white soles. He wore black gloves during the first robbery and black striped stockings over his hands during the second robbery.
2:35 a.m. Wednesday in the 3200 block of Rue Parc Fontaine, Algiers: An armed man walked up to a 25-year-old victim after he parked his car. The robber demanded the victim’s belongings and the keys to the vehicle. The robber hit the victim, then drove away in his car.
Two wounded in shooting on I-10
A man and a woman drove themselves to a hospital after they were wounded during a brazen shooting on Interstate 10 in New Orleans.
The shooting apparently happened about 7 p.m. Sunday on I-10 eastbound near Canal Boulevard. Police reported it Wednesday on a daily crime log.
According to the log, a 27-year-old man cut off a car, and a passenger in the car that was cut off then began to shoot at the man and a 23-year-old woman who was with him.
Both victims were hit but drove to a hospital. Police did not provide any information on their conditions.
Would-be robber flees after clerk hits him
A man tried to rob a Mid-City convenience store but fled after the cashier beat him, police said.
The would-be robber walked into the Shell station at 3327 Tulane Ave. about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and asked for a pack of cigarettes, police said.
As the cashier told him the price, the man pulled out a knife and demanded the cashier open the register. The cashier refused, so the man reached over the counter and began to punch buttons in an effort to open it.
The cashier then hit the victim on the head, causing him to flee, police said.
Police described the man as about 40 with a brown complexion, full beard and mustache and possibly being homeless. He wore a black, hooded jacket with the letters “AKD MKS” on the back.
In a similar incident, a man walked into a Shell station at 4701 Canal St. on Tuesday afternoon and robbed it.
Police said the man entered the store about 4:30 p.m. and walked up to the counter with a candy bar.
When the cashier opened the register, the man reached over, grabbed a handful of money and ran away.
Police described the robber as a black man about 6-foot-3 with a thin build. He wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and a light-colored shirt underneath it, as well as blue jeans and black tennis shoes.
Police have not said if they believe the same man is responsible for both incidents.
Anyone with information on the attempted robbery is asked to contact 1st District detectives at (504) 658-6010, while anyone with information on the second incident is asked to contact 3rd District detectives at (504) 658-6030.
Man stabbed Thursday in Metairie
A man was stabbed Thanksgiving morning in Metairie, according to the Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters.
The crime was reported about 10 a.m. in the 2400 block of Houma Boulevard.
The man’s injuries weren’t life-threatening.