Suspect sought in Family Dollar robbery

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery Friday at a Family Dollar in New Orleans East.

Police said the man entered the store at 4314 Downman Road about 7:15 a.m., pulled out a gun and demanded cash while ordering employees and patrons to lie on the floor. The manager opened the safe and handed him $2,400. He then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20s with a dark complexion and a medium build. He was wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call 3rd District Detective Raionda Edgerson at (504) 658-6030 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man beaten, robbed on Decatur Street

New Orleans police are looking for a man and a woman wanted for robbing and beating a man early Saturday morning in the French Quarter.

Police said the 22-year-old man was walking in the 1100 block of Decatur Street about 1:30 a.m. when he was approached by a woman. The victim said the woman started punching him in the face and was then joined by a man, who also struck him several times.

The pair took the victim’s cellphone and gold chain, then fled on foot.

The first attacker was described as a 5-foot-6-inch white woman between 24 and 27 years old with a medium build and black hair. She was wearing a fleece top and dark green corduroy pants. The victim could not give an accurate description of her face.

The second attacker was described as a 6-foot-4-inch white man between 24 and 27 years old with a medium build, red hair and a scruffy beard. He was wearing a black shirt, a trucker’s hat and 1-inch wooden plug-style earrings in both ears.

Eighth District Detective Thomas Perez is in charge of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

2 men sought in sexual assault

Two men are wanted for sexually assaulting a woman inside a residence in the Bywater, according to New Orleans police.

After the assault in the 800 block of St. Ferdinand Street, the men fled in a four-door black compact vehicle. Police didn’t say when the crime happened.

The first man is described as black, between 17 and 19 years old, about 180 pounds, 6 feet 2 inches tall to 6 feet 4 inches tall, with a thin build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark blue or black letterman jacket with a red “L” and “A” on top of a white outline on the left chest, and “K.P.” in red stitching over the right chest. He also had a gray hood, jeans, a brown leather belt and dark brown shoes. Police said he was armed with a kitchen knife.

The second man is described as black, between 17 and 19 and weighs about 150 pounds, police said. He’s between 5 feet 7 inches tall and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, oversized pants of a checkered thin fabric, a twine belt and black cotton gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to notify sex crimes Detective Alisha Henderson at (504) 658-5538 or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

8-year-old boy shot Saturday in Uptown

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the leg Saturday afternoon in Uptown, New Orleans police said.

About 3:50 p.m., the boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while at South Rendon and Eden streets. He was taken to a local hospital in a private car.

Police said no further information was immediately available.

Police: Man shot in New Orleans East

A man was shot in the hand Saturday morning in New Orleans East, police said.

The 24-year-old was shot in the 7000 block of Bundy Road about 9 a.m. He was brought to a local hospital in a private car.

Man sought after removing monitor

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who apparently tampered with his electric monitoring device Saturday.

About 11:15 a.m., deputies were alerted that Desmond Parker, 35, violated the terms of the monitoring program.

After starting a search for Parker, deputies received a second alert notifying them that the strap of Parker’s device was tampered with in the 400 block of North Rampart Street. Deputies recovered the device, but Parker was still at large.

Parker was originally charged with simple robbery and witness tampering; he was given a monitor Dec. 10.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 827-8505.

Fire destroys Central City buildings

A three-alarm fire destroyed two buildings and heavily damaged a third in Central City on Friday evening, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

Just before 6 p.m., the Fire Department received a call reporting a fire in the 1600 block of North Claiborne Avenue. The first company on the scene immediately called a second alarm.

Firefighters said two buildings were fully engulfed in flames: a vacant two-story house at 1672 N. Claiborne and a vacant single-story double house at 1668-70 N. Claiborne, which was under renovation. Another single-story double house at 1664-66 N. Claiborne received heavy fire damage in the back. Only the last building was occupied, but within 10 minutes firefighters called a third alarm because other occupied houses were in close proximity. However, no injuries were reported.

A total of 25 Fire Department units brought the fire under control at 6:42 p.m.

Neighbors reported that a squatter had been in the building that first caught on fire, but the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Home invasion reported in 7th Ward

A man and his wife were victims of a home invasion early Saturday morning in the 7th Ward, according to New Orleans police.

A 44-year-old man who was arriving home in the 1700 block of Paul Morphy Street about 12:30 a.m. was approached by four men with guns.

The men forced the victim inside the house and went into a bedroom where his wife was sleeping. They ransacked the room and fled with money, clothes and a cellphone.

Juvenile robbed at gunpoint in Gentilly

A juvenile boy was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon in Gentilly.

The boy was bragging at school about money he got as a birthday present, New Orleans police said. Two schoolmates then lured him into an abandoned apartment in the 6000 block of Paris Avenue about 1:30 p.m. One of them pulled out a gun and demanded the boy’s money.

The victim handed over the money and ran back to school, and the other juveniles fled.

Armed robbery reported in Carrollton

Two men, ages 20 and 21, were robbed at gunpoint Friday night in Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The victims were walking near Lowerline and Willow streets about 11:45 p.m. when they were approached by two young men with guns who demanded their money. The robbers fled in a dark-colored vehicle.

Jefferson Parish reports two shootings

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported two shootings on Saturday.

The first incident was reported about 4 a.m. in the 3500 block of Apollo Drive in Metairie, where a man was shot in the foot. The injury wasn’t life-threatening, according to the parish’s 911 headquarters.

Then, about 3 p.m., 911 headquarters reported a shooting in the 900 block of Beechgrove Boulevard in Westwego. Those injuries also were not life-threatening.

Woman cut Saturday morning in Harvey

A woman was cut or stabbed early Saturday morning in Harvey.

The Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters reported the incident at Fifth Street and Fos Avenue about 6:45 a.m.

Her injuries were not life-threatening.