Police: House fire near Slidell set intentionally

Firefighters with St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 1 extinguished a fire Monday morning at a vacant house in the Belair subdivision near Slidell that officials said was intentionally set.

A neighbor who was walking his dog spotted smoke pouring from the two-story house at 2505 Adele Lane and called 911.

The fire is under investigation by the Fire District and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and investigators ask anyone with information to call the Fire District at (985) 646-4387.

Neighbors said they have often seen juveniles hanging around the property.

Firefighters arrived on the scene within 11 minutes and extinguished the blaze within 12 minutes of their arrival, a spokesman said.

The house had moderate damage to the rear exterior wall and second floor. No injuries were reported.

Teen, 15, struck by SUV on street in Mandeville

A 15-year-old boy is being treated at Interim LSU Hospital for injuries he received Saturday afternoon when an SUV hit his bicycle at Monroe and Lafayette streets in Mandeville.

Zachary Russ was thrown 45 feet when his bicycle crossed into the path of a GMC Yukon driven by 33-year-old Stephanie Hammer, of Madisonville, according to Mandeville police. She was not injured.

The car had the right of way, according to police spokesman Gerald Sticker, who said the crash is still under investigation.

Russ suffered eight broken bones and internal injuries that required doctors to remove his spleen, Sticker said, but a full recovery is expected.

Police seek man in French Quarter robbery

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding a man wanted in a recent robbery.

The robbery took place about midnight Monday morning near Bourbon and Gov. Nicholls streets in the French Quarter.

Two women, ages 23 and 24, were walking on Bourbon when an unknown man approached and asked them for directions.

He then grabbed the 24-year-old woman’s purse and fled.

The robber, depicted in a computer sketch, is described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall, 160 pounds and with long, black wavy hair. He wore a gray, zip-up hooded jacket, pink collared shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.

Police seek three men in $900 shoplifting

Police are searching for three men suspected in a shoplifting at the River Garden Wal-Mart store.

The incident took place about 9 a.m. Saturday in the store in the 1900 block of Tchoupitoulas Street. The shoplifters fled with nearly $900 worth of merchandise, police said.

Employees confronted the two shoplifters in the parking lot, but they got into a black and red Ford Escape, driven by a third man, and escaped.

One of the shoplifters was described as a black man about 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds with short black hair. He wore a white shirt, blue pants and a gray hat. The second man, recorded by surveillance cameras, was described as black, about 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and with short black hair. He wore a white shirt and orange shorts.

Police had no description of the driver.

Anyone with information on the identities of the men is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man sought in recent Uptown kidnapping

Police are searching for a man wanted in a kidnapping this month in Uptown.

The 20-year-old victim was walking in the 7600 block of Oak Street about 3 a.m. Oct. 11 when she noticed an unknown man following her.

The man passed up the victim and tried to open the door of a car parked nearby, police said.

As the victim neared him, the man pulled out a knife and held it to the victim’s neck as he forced her to the 1100 block of Lowerline Street. He then began to touch her inappropriately, police said.

The victim said two other men were walking nearby and was able to free herself after she screamed.

The man then ran away.

Police described him as white or Hispanic, about 5-foot-8 and with a large athletic build. He wore a blue shirt during the kidnapping.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jerry Devorak at (504) 658-6020.

N.O. police investigate armed robberies

New Orleans police on Monday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

8:10 a.m. Sunday in the 3000 block of Pine Street: The victim was inside an apartment complex when a man walked up with a gun. The man searched the victim and fled with his belongings.

9:49 p.m. Sunday in the 3400 block of Magazine Street: An employee was working in the back office of Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop when a man walked up, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim handed over cash, and the man fled.

11:06 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of O’Reilly Street: The victim met a man who put a blade to her throat and demanded money. The man ran away with her cash.

12:25 a.m. Monday in the 3400 block of Louisa Street: An unknown man wearing a red bandana over his face walked into the Louisa Mini Mart and demanded money. The cashier complied, and the man ran out of the store with another man who was already inside the business.

Man forces woman to perform oral sex

A man forced a woman to perform oral sex on him early Monday morning in Treme, police said.

The 32-year-old victim told police the incident happened about 12:20 a.m. near Gov. Nicholls and Marais streets.

She did not know the man, police said.

No other details were available.

Body found inside burning vehicle

Firefighters found a body inside a burning vehicle early Monday in the Desire neighborhood.

The NOFD responded to the vehicle fire about 1:35 a.m. in the 2700 block of Desire Parkway, police said.

No other details were immediately available.