Destrehan man sought in woman’s death

Authorities in St. Charles Parish said a 34-year-old Destrehan man killed his live-in girlfriend and left her mother stabbed and critically wounded Wednesday morning.

Bruce Bourgeois Jr. is wanted in the death of his girlfriend in the 300 block of Madewood Drive in Destrehan, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Bourgeois allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange said.

Bourgeois then called his girlfriend’s mother and asked her to come to his house and drive him to his probation officer. When she arrived, “he refused to allow her to see her daughter, and … a struggle ensued and she was stabbed in the neck area,” LaGrange said.

The woman was able to escape to a neighbor’s home. She was unable to speak, so she wrote on a piece of paper that Bourgeois had stabbed her.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene just after 9 a.m. and found the girlfriend’s dead body in the bathroom. Bourgeois had already fled.

The mother was transported to a hospital, where she was undergoing surgery and was listed in critical condition, LaGrange said.

He declined to identify the victim or her mother, noting that family members were still being notified.

Bourgeois is believed to be driving a gray Toyota Scion XD with Louisiana license plate VTE 461. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office at (985) 783-6807.

19-year-old gunned down in 7th Ward

A 19-year-old man was gunned down early Wednesday in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said.

The shooting was reported about 2:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Pauger Street.

Police found Wesley Pipkins’ body on the ground. He had been shot multiple times.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gregory Hamilton at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect arrested in Tammany Trace attack

A Slidell man was arrested Wednesday after he attacked a woman who was walking on the Tammany Trace near Mandeville, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Edward Callahan, 26, was expected to be booked on a count of second-degree battery after he allegedly grabbed a 19-year-old woman around the neck while she walked near Lonesome Road, spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni said. A passing cyclist frightened the assailant away.

Deputies, including a K-9 unit, began a search and found Callahan hiding in a nearby neighborhood. He was taken into custody without incident, Carboni said.

The Trace, a 27-mile mostly paved trail that stretches from Covington to just west of Slidell, is popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists and roller skaters.

Teen hit by gunfire Tuesday in Gentilly

A teenager was wounded Tuesday night in Gentilly, New Orleans police said.

The 16-year-old victim told police he saw several “suspicious” people who then opened fire on him about 10:45 p.m. at Music and Vienna streets.

His injuries were not serious, police said.

Police search for 3 in Marigny robbery

New Orleans police released a video Wednesday and asked for help in solving a July 21 robbery at Mandeville and Chartres streets.

The video, taken at 3:15 a.m., shows a white Toyota Camry at the intersection. The vehicle stopped, and three men got out. They forced the victim to the ground, struck him in the face and stole his leather bag. Two of the assailants ran away on foot on Chartres toward Franklin Avenue.

A third person, who held the victim’s bag, ran toward Mandeville Street.

Anyone who knows the identity of the robbers or has information about the incident is asked to contact 8th District Detective Chris LaBorde at or (504) 658-6080, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Third suspect ID’d in Metairie carjacking

Jefferson Parish authorities have identified a third suspect in a recent carjacking in Metairie.

Lyndell Mays, 17, whose last known address was in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive, is wanted as an accessory after the fact to armed robbery, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Antonio Marcelin, 19, of New Orleans, previously was booked as an accessory after the fact to armed robbery in connection with the incident.

A warrant for two counts of armed robbery has been issued for 18-year-old Hendrick “Lil Hen” Porter, who remains at large.

Anyone with information on Mays’ or Porter’s whereabouts is asked to contact the JPSO Robbery Division at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Miss. man admits guilt in N.O. bank robberies

A Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, man has pleaded guilty to four New Orleans bank robberies.

Dwayne E. Hupp, 51, admitted that he robbed the Liberty Bank at 3002 Gentilly Blvd. on Aug. 6 and Sept. 10, as well as the Crescent Bank and Trust in the Energy Center, 1100 Poydras St., on Sept. 4 and Sept. 19.

Hupp made off with nearly $17,000 in all, according to court records.

Hupp told authorities he is a heroin user who robbed the banks to support his habit.

The maximum penalty for bank robbery is 20 years, but Hupp could face life imprisonment as a result of two prior convictions for armed robbery in Jefferson Parish.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt will sentence Hupp on Nov. 5.

Suspects in N.O. East home invasion booked

Two home-invasion suspects were arrested and two others fled from a vehicle that became partially submerged in a canal during a chase in New Orleans East.

The home invasion happened about 10 a.m. July 25 in the 5600 block of St. Helena Place.

About 30 minutes later, a man who reported his Chevrolet Tahoe was stolen the day before said he saw it speeding in the 14700 block of Chef Menteur Highway. Officers chased the vehicle, which crashed into the Morrison Avenue Canal near Scottwood Drive.

Three men escaped, and 20-year-old Aquarius Brown was pulled out of the water since she could not swim, police said.

Troy Hawk, 18, later was spotted walking in the 7500 block of Scottwood Drive. He was taken into custody with jewelry from the home invasion still in his possession, police said.

During their investigation, officers said, they learned 18-year-old Diamond Lampton allowed the two remaining suspects in the home invasion, 18-year-old Reginald Worley and 17-year-old Dorain Franklin, to change clothes at a home in the 7500 block of Jonlee Street.

Franklin and Worley remain at large. Lampton was booked with harboring felons.

Hawk was booked with home invasion, armed robbery, possession of stolen property, auto theft and flight from an officer.

Brown was booked with possession of a stolen automobile.

Warrants were issued for Worley and Franklin on charges of home invasion, possession of a stolen vehicle, armed robbery and possession of a firearm.

Five suspected of shooting homeless

New Orleans police arrested five people suspected of shooting homeless men with a pellet gun.

Taken into custody were: Casey Smith, 25; John Schnider, 22; Willie Johnson Jr., 21; Colisha Preston, 18; and Charvonda Nettles, 25.

Police allege the suspects are responsible for injuring four homeless people by shooting them with pellets early Wednesday.

The first victim was wounded about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gravier Street and South Claiborne Avenue. The second victim was injured at the same location. The third victim was in the 1800 block of Gravier Street when he was hit, and the fourth victim was in the 1100 block of Baronne Street.

The suspects each were booked with simple battery, police said.

Arabi woman booked on drug charges

An Arabi woman possibly tied to a shoot-out in New Orleans earlier this week was arrested Tuesday in St. Bernard Parish.

Joenica Johnson, 20, was booked on various drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. She also was booked with possession of the prescription painkiller Tramadol and hydrocodone pills.

All of the drugs involved were found in a purse which she acknowledged was hers, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Johnson is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison. No bail has been set.

Investigators are trying to determine if Johnson is connected to a shooting that happened about 6 p.m. Monday in New Orleans after a bullet-riddled car was found at her apartment complex.