Antonio Cousan mug shot

Antonio Cousan, via NOPD

A teen suspected in two gunpoint stick-ups in New Orleans East in August was arrested after officers stopped him while driving a stolen car in the Carrollton area on Wednesday, police said.

Police booked Antonio Cousan, 17, on counts of armed robbery, illegal possession of stolen things and fleeing from authorities.

Police said they stopped Cousan at the corner of South Carrollton Avenue and Apricot Street because he was driving a car that had been reported stolen in New Orleans East about 2:10 p.m. Cousan allegedly bailed from the car and ran before he was arrested in the 7900 block of Walmsley Avenue.

About that time, the campus of nearby Dominican High School was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes.

Cousan was wanted on allegations that he worked with others to rob money and belongings from two men on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22. One of the hold-ups was in the 8000 block of Lady Gray, and the other was in the 10500 block of Curran Boulevard, police said.

Imani Smith and Chantell Miller were jailed in connection with the case in September. Cousan and Tyrese Nathan were then named as suspects who were at-large.

It does not appear Nathan has been arrested in the case.

In other matters recently handled by local authorities: 

Rahkym Richardson, 25, was booked Wednesday on allegations that he used a knife to steal money from a taxicab driver after being driven to the corner of Vespasian Boulevard and Cypress Acres Drive in Algiers on Tuesday, New Orleans police said. Richardson was arrested by police who responded to a domestic incident. Richardson appeared to be experiencing a psychotic break at the time of the arrest and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said. 

• Authorities on Thursday jailed Cleveland Ross, 22, in connection with a double shooting in Mid-City early the morning of Nov. 1. The shooting occurred in the 500 block of South Scott Street, where one victim was found. A second victim was found at D'Hemecourt Street and South Jefferson Davis Parkway after he fled the shooting scene in a silver SUV, police said. 

Ross was booked on counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of heroin. 

• A 32-year-old woman said she was talking to another person in the 7th Ward when that person stole her wallet and fled on a bike. The incident occurred about 9:50 a.m. in the 1700 block of Frenchmen Street, according to an NOPD report. 

• A 17-year-old male said he was driving in New Orleans East when two men and a woman approached and stole his vehicle. The incident occurred about 3:34 p.m. near the intersection of Dwyer Road and Mayo Boulevard. The driver said one of the people punched him in the face and ordered him out of the vehicle, according to an NOPD report. He exited the vehicle, and the three people then fled down Dwyer Road, according to the report. 

• A 27-year-old man was shot by an unknown person in the Broadmoor area Wednesday evening, according to an NOPD report. The incident occurred about 9:02 p.m. in the 3900 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway. The shooting victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. 


A Jefferson Parish grand jury handed up a second-degree murder indictment Thursday against Akiem Harris and Darryl Landers, who are accused of shooting an 18-year-old man to death in Harvey earlier this year.

Harris and Landers, both 22, were also indicted on five counts of attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice stemming from the July 24 shooting in the 4200 block of Lac Couture Drive.

The victim, Israel Davis Jr., was found dead in the rear parking lot of an apartment complex at about noon that day when officers responded to a 911 call about gunshots

Harris, of Harvey, and Landers, of New Orleans, face mandatory life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. The victims in the attempted murder charges are listed in the indictment as Zj’nette Addison, Tatyana Sylvester, Tevin Davis, Tevin Justice and an unknown female juvenile.

The indictment says the obstruction charge stems from Harris and Landers’ disposal of the murder weapons.

The two men are being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on $1.2 million bond each.

The case was allotted to Judge Stephen Enright in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. 

Staff writer Chad Calder contributed to this report.