The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified a woman who was fatally shot in New Orleans East as well as a man who was killed by a St. Roch homeowner while apparently trying to steal an electrical generator.
Shereen Smith, 44, died Wednesday after being shot once in the head in the 5500 block of Westlake Drive, the coroner’s office said. Police said they have obtained a warrant to arrest Alfred Simmons, 43, on a count of second-degree murder in the case. He apparently remained at large as of Monday afternoon.
Meanwhile, 60-year-old Kevin Jones was shot to death in the 2300 block of Franklin Avenue, the coroner’s office said. Police have said Jones was shot to death while trying to steal an electrical generator from a storage shed in the 2300 block of Franklin Avenue.
The homeowner grabbed two handguns and confronted two men, including Jones, after hearing an alarm from the shed go off. The man accompanying Jones fled.
The homeowner, who claimed he opened fire when one of the men turned toward him, wasn’t booked with a crime.
The coroner’s office on Monday also confirmed prior reports that 30-year-old Jamonta Johnson was the man who was fatally shot April 16 in Algiers in the 3100 block of Rue Parc Fontaine.
In other matters recently handled by local authorities:
• A 5-year-old boy was robbed of his hoverboard while riding it outside his house in the 3700 block of Benefit Street in the Desire neighborhood when he was shoved down by a larger boy who took the hover board about 1:15 p.m. Sunday, New Orleans police said.
• A 59-year-old woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of her Jeep Grand Cherokee as she was stepping out of it about 8:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of Grand Bayou Drive in New Orleans East, police said. The attacker was a man who had stepped out of a white car that pulled up next to the stolen Cherokee, police said.
• It’s relatively rare for New Orleans police to put out a bulletin announcing someone as wanted for the crime of bigamy, but that is what they did Monday.
Theronlyn Egana Brock, 30, is accused of marrying another person without obtaining a divorce or annulment from her first spouse, police said Monday. The complaint against Brock was filed Feb. 22.
In Louisiana, the crime of bigamy can carry up to five years in prison as well as a maximum fine of $1,000.
• Devin Cousin, 21, is accused of leading Slidell police on a chase from Pontchartrain Drive to the corner of U.S. 11 and Brownswitch Road before crashing his car late Monday morning, officials said. The chase began when Cousin refused to get out of his car during a traffic stop over an alleged driving violation, police said.
After Cousin crashed his green Honda Accord into a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, he tried to run but was caught a short time later, police said. Police said they took Cousin to the hospital for minor crash-related injuries and the driver of the Jeep to the hospital for “moderate” injuries. Cousin also allegedly struck two other vehicles earlier in the chase, dealing minor damage to both those cars. Cousin faces counts of aggravated flight from an officer, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, three counts of hit-and-run, and failure to use a turn signal.
A statement from Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said Cousin went from facing a traffic citation to being accused of multiple serious felonies due to his “complete disregard for the safety of others.”
• An anonymous tip led a St. Tammany sheriff’s task force to Slidell-area residence where they seized numerous illegal drugs and guns, officials said.
Antonio Valdez, 27, of Houston, faces numerous gun and drug charges after authorities allegedly found cocaine, wax containing the main ingredient of marijuana, more than two dozen pills of the painkiller commonly sold as Xanax, marijuana, $791 in money believed to be derived from narcotics sales, and a hydroponic growing system with 18 marijuana plants at a home on DeSoto Street.
Authorities also allegedly found a small arsenal including an AR-15 rifle with multiple loaded high capacity clips, an AK-47 rifle, an AK-47 pistol, a .38-caliber handgun, a 9-mm handgun, a stun gun and body armor. There was also some cocaine in a car parked at the house, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Trequan Rollins, 25, is also wanted in the case on numerous drug-related counts, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.