New Orleans police investigated three armed robberies and an attempted mugging between Thursday and early Friday, authorities said.
About 9:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Franklin Avenue in St. Roch, two men circled a Shell gasoline station in a brown Honda CRV before going inside while wielding a gun and robbing the place, police said.
About 11:10 a.m. in the 4200 block of Baudin Street in Mid-City, a 44-year-old man walking out of his home was grabbed by a man who emerged from a vehicle while armed with an unspecified weapon and robbed of his car keys, police said. The robber then took the victim’s silver Ford F-150 truck.
A 28-year-old man was hit in the head with an unknown object wielded by a man who knocked on the victim’s door and called out the victim’s name about 2 p.m. in the 4200 block of Ulloa Street in Mid-City, police said. The victim refused demands to hand over unspecified belongings, and the attacker fled, police said.
About 3:20 a.m. in the 9000 block of Chef Menteur Highway, a 33-year-old woman was robbed of her 2012 Cadillac CTS at gunpoint when she pulled over to enter information into her GPS, police said.
In other matters recently handled by local authorities:
• New Orleans police on Friday released additional details about two shootings that occurred Thursday night.
About 5:15 p.m. in the 3500 block of Garden Oaks Drive in Algiers, a 29-year-old man got into a fight with someone who shot him in his upper back, police said. The unidentified shooter fled while paramedics took the victim to a local hospital for treatment.
A 23-year-old man was standing in front of his home at the corner of Thalia and South Prieur streets in the B.W. Cooper housing complex when he heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet about 7:50 p.m., police said. The victim jumped a nearby fence, where first responders found him and brought him to a local hospital for treatment.
• A New Orleans man already serving 30 years in federal prison for multiple carjackings and bank robberies in August 2016 was charged with another on Thursday, prosecutors said Friday.
Grand jurors handed up an indictment charging Dwayne “Butter” Winans, 25, with walking into the Fidelity Bank in the 5500 block of Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans East and successfully demanding money. He faces up to 20 additional years in prison if convicted of this case, in which authorities memorably alleged that Winans dressed up in woman’s clothes and makeup for the robbery.
The Aug. 4, 2016, robbery had initially formed part of the case Winans has already been convicted in. But the charge related to it was temporarily dismissed prior to his trial in April 2018.
At that trial, Winans was found guilty of two counts of carjacking, two counts of robbery and four counts of illegally using firearms with Bryson Tuesno. Prosecutors said he carried out two carjacking on Aug. 12, 2016, in New Orleans and then, three days later, held up a Regions Bank in Gentilly as well as a Gulf Coast Bank in Slidell.
• A 25-year-old man was cut about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive in Marrero, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The victim had minor, life-threatening injuries. Deputies didn’t immediately name a suspect.
• New Orleans police early Friday arrested two men in connection with a gang rape of an underage girl reported May 8 in the 3400 block of Cambronne Street on the edge of Gert Town.
Derrick Jones, 21, and Dashawn Lynch, 22, were each booked on counts of first-degree rape, records show.
• Joseph Haynes, 63, pleaded guilty Thursday to plotting to solicit and received healthcare kickbacks and bribes, federal prosecutors in New Orleans said Friday.
Haynes admitted the kickbacks in question were for referring and approving people for medically unnecessary home health services. He could face prison time and a fine during a sentencing hearing tentatively set for Aug. 22 in front of U.S. District Judge Barry Ashe. Haynes is one of multiple defendants in the case.
• Federal grand jurors in New Orleans on Thursday charged Penny Johnson, 52, of Avondale, with seven counts of mail as well as plotting to commit mail fraud, prosecutors said Friday.
Johnson is accused of taking part in a "work at home" re-shipping scam that involved internet fraudsters sending her items from eBay and similar sellers. She would inspect the items before reshipping them and other packages to the fraudsters, ignoring mail inspectors who warned her to stop and then lying to them, the feds allege. Johnson could face several years in prison as well as up to $250,000 in fines if convicted, the feds said.
• Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made nine arrests this week during a roundup of criminal suspects and fugitives in a region including New Orleans, the agency said.
An arrest in New Orleans involved a Honduran man with an outstanding order to be removed from the U.S. following an October 2015 battery conviction following allegations that he battered a law enforcement officer. The man has also previously been convicted of violating a protective order and DUI, an ICE spokesman said.
• Joshua Taylor, 29, was booked Friday in connection with a purse snatching that occurred six days earlier in the 3000 block of Gen. DeGaulle Drive in Algiers, New Orleans police said.
• New Orleans police released surveillance camera images of a man wanted in connection with a simple robbery reported Feb. 1 in the 2200 block of St. Charles Avenue. They released surveillance camera images of a man wanted in connection with throwing a rock through a convenience store in the 2300 block of South Claiborne Avenue on May 9 as well.