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Brian Jones, via NOPD

New Orleans police on Wednesday jailed a 22-year-old man on allegations that he shot a man and then stole the victim's mother's car last week in Hollygrove.

Brian Jones was booked on counts of attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with an attack that occurred about 11:40 p.m. Oct. 30 at the corner of Pear and Leonidas streets, police said.

Police said they arrived to find the victim down from a gunshot wound to the back before realizing that the victim's mother's 2012 Honda Civic had been stolen. Officers then found that car at the corner of Hollygrove and Palmetto streets relatively nearby, and it seemed somebody had tried to set the inside of the vehicle on fire, police said.

Police initially said Jones was helping the victim in the case move.

In other matters recently handled by local authorities:

• A 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old girl were booked on allegations that they stole a 2009 Honda Civic at gunpoint from a woman in the 1200 block of Japonica Street in the Lower 9th Ward on Oct. 29. Police recovered the car two days later at the corner of Abundance and Metropolitan streets. Police did not release the girls' names because they are minors.  

• U.S. Marshals recently re-issued an advisory warning local residents of a scam involving callers posing as court officials informing targets they missed jury duty and have warrants out for their arrests. The callers then demand a wire money transfer to get the warrant canceled, the U.S. Marshals Office in New Orleans said.

The Marshals office said it does not serve warrants over the phone and warned the calls are not legitimate. They said they reissued the advisory because the calls have persisted, and at least one person in the New Orleans area fell victim to it. 

• New Orleans police said they are seeking Kyron V. Espadron, 27, in connection with the attempted murder of a 6-month-old boy.

The incident happened Sept. 12 in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard. Espadron is accused of beating the child, causing severe internal injuries, over the course of several months.

He was arrested and booked on cruelty to a juvenile on Sept. 21, but police obtained another arrest warrant for attempted first-degree murder based on the severity of the injuries.

The child is expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone with information on Espadron’s whereabouts is asked to notify Child Abuse Detective Tony Goodwin at (504) 658-5267 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Davena Simms, 35, is wanted on allegations that she cut someone during a fight near the corner of Mandeville and North Derbigny streets in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said. 

• New Orleans Police Department Commander Frank Young, in charge of officers that patrol areas such as the 7th Ward, said at a news conference Wednesday that the number of violent crimes reported in his district is down 3 percent year-to-date.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison acknowledged that 7th Ward residents may not feel that their neighborhood is much safer following a deadly quadruple shooting in late September at the corner of Allen and North Rocheblave streets. But he said his department would continue assigning officers specialized in disrupting group- and gang-related violence to the neighborhood so that the perception of danger is reduced. 

• Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans' office in New Orleans unsealed an indictment Wednesday charging a 31-year-old New York man with participating in a drug-trafficking ring based out of St. Charles and St. John the Bapitst parishes. 

Luis J. Cotto, also known as Luis Pereira, was indicted last week but then arrested Thursday on an array of narcotics and gun violations, Evans' office said.

He is accused of working with Andre Staggers, Corey Session, Gregory London Jr., Terrance Anderson, Kirk Ballard, and Leonard Morrison to deal heroin, cocaine and marijuana in and around the New Orleans area, according to Evans' office. Evidence seized included an AR-15 rifle, an AK-47 rifle and $400,000 in cash found in a single home, federal agents said.  

Six of the seven defendants face up to life imprisonment. Morrison faces up to 40 years in prison. 

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