Person of interest sought in restaurant robberies, and other area crime news _lowres

Dwayne Winns

Person of interest sought in robberies

A “person of interest” is being sought in connection with the recent string of Uptown restaurant robberies, officials said Sunday.

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI Task Force are asking for help in locating Dwayne “Butter” Winns, 21, who may have information regarding the robberies, the NOPD said Sunday.

It said Winns isn’t a suspect at this time.

Winns was indicted as an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder Thursday in connection with the May 11 fatal shooting of 30-year-old Harold Martin, who died on a porch in the 2500 block of Mendez Street. A loaded pistol was recovered next to his body.

Detectives said Martin was shot in the 2500 block of Prentiss Street and ran to Mendez Street before he collapsed.

Rolandus Campbell and Wesley Davis were both previously arrested in connection with the killing.

Winns is believed to have helped Davis avoid capture while he was at large, police said.

The robberies at Uptown restaurants began in August and continued through September. The Monkey Hill Bar and Patois and Atchafalaya restaurants all were victimized, as were their customers.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Orleans Parish inmate dies at hospital

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that inmate Calvin Deal, 34, died in a hospital at 11 a.m. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

Spokesman Philip Stelly said Deal was taken to University Medical Center on Thursday for a “chronic medical condition.”

He had been incarcerated since Sept. 24 on a charge of armed robbery and two warrants issued by Jefferson Parish.

Man stabbed in fight; suspect is sought

A man is wanted in connection with a stabbing early Sunday in Marrero Commons, a housing complex in Central City.

Police said a warrant was issued for Dornell Martin, 30, after he got involved in an argument with a 29-year-old man in the 1300 block of South Derbigny Street about 1:30 a.m.

When the fight escalated, police said, Martin stabbed the man several times. The victim was taken to a hospital.

Two men robbed at gunpoint in Gentilly

Two men were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday in Gentilly, according to New Orleans police.

The victims, ages 57 and 59, were in the 1600 block of Duels Street about 3 a.m. when they saw a man who appeared to be working on his car.

Police said the man then pulled out a gun and demanded the victims’ property. He fled after they handed over wallets, watches and cellphones.

Man sought in theft of package from porch

New Orleans police are searching for a suspect in an Uptown theft. The NOPD issued an arrest warrant for Zachary Winfield, 42, after a package was taken from the porch of a home in the 8200 block of Burthe Street on Nov. 5.

Shortly before 7 a.m., a witness saw Winfield steal the package from the porch, then followed him and took a picture of him as he dropped the package and fled on a bicycle, police said.

Detectives identified Winfield as the suspect. He’s believed to have stolen other packages in the area. Once apprehended, police said, he will be booked with theft.