Two die at hospital after separate shootings, and other area police news _lowres

New Orleans police released this composite sketch of a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery early Monday morning in the 1900 block of North Rampart Street.

Two die at hospital in unrelated shootings

Two men wounded during separate shootings in recent days died later at a local hospital.

Travis Cater, 42, was shot about 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of St. Philip Street in the 6th Ward.

He died about 2 p.m. Sunday at Interim LSU Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Willie Quinn, 24, was shot about 9:30 p.m. Friday near Gen. Taylor and Annunciation streets.

He died at 7:11 a.m. Monday at Interim LSU Hospital, also from a gunshot wound to the head, Gagliano said.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in either shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Men burst into home, steal money, jewelry

Five men burst into a Central City home Sunday evening and stole money and jewelry from a 77-year-old man, police said.

The victim opened the door of his home in the 2700 block of South Liberty Street when someone rang the doorbell about 6:45 p.m.

The men forced their way inside, and one of them held the victim at gunpoint while his accomplices searched the home, police said.

The men then forced the victim to open a safe, and they fled with his cash and jewelry, police said.

Would-be burglar flees after woman screams

A woman’s screams likely saved her from being victimized any further after she was tied up outside her home Sunday night.

Police said the victim was trying to enter her home in the 1800 block of North Rampart Street about 10:35 p.m. when an unknown man walked up from behind.

The man tied up the woman, who began to scream. The man ran away at that point. The victim’s neighbors untied her and called police.

No description of the man was provided.

N.O. police investigate three armed robberies

New Orleans police on Monday were investigating three armed robberies reported since late Sunday night:

10:21 p.m. Sunday, 2100 block of North Broad Street: Four men in an SUV drove up to a man and demanded his property at gunpoint. They drove away with his cellphone and cash.

2:26 am. Monday, 2200 block of Humanity Street: Two unknown men walked up to the victim and demanded money. The victim handed over his cash, and the men ran away.

5:48 a.m. Monday, 1900 block of North Rampart Street: An armed man walked up to the victim and demanded her purse and cellphone. The victim complied, and the man fled in an unknown type of sport-utility vehicle.

Police later released a composite sketch of the robber. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Motorcyclist identified in Marigny fatality

A motorcyclist killed early Sunday in Faubourg Marigny has been identified as Andwel Jones.

Jones, 45, died about 1 a.m. at St. Claude and Franklin avenues when he ran a traffic light and collided with an Acura that was headed west on Franklin, authorities said.

Jones died from a ruptured aorta and internal injuries, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police have not filed any charges in the death.

Reserve man, 21, killed when car strikes tree

A 21-year-old Reserve man was killed and another man was seriously injured Sunday night when their car veered off the road and struck a tree in St. John the Baptist Parish, State Police said.

Torian Williams was driving his 2004 Chrysler Sebring east on La. 44 when he approached a curve in Garyville.

The car veered off the right side of the road, and Williams overcorrected to the left, causing the car to cross the road and strike a tree, said Trooper Evan Harrell, a spokesman for State Police Troop C.

The car began to roll after it struck the tree and tossed out Williams and his passenger, Leroy Noble, 21.

Noble died at St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher. Williams was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzalez with serious injuries.

Investigators believe speed played a role in the crash. Alcohol tests are pending.