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New Orleans Police Blotter: May 2-9

On this week's docket of dereliction, a group of strip club workers decided they needed more money from another employee's purse, a rental car was used to make a getaway and Ms. Jackson showed she was for real in an argument over laundry. Each week, Crescent City Crime Bits provides a rundown of the lowdown:


From NOPD reports:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Fatal Motorcycle Accident: 8:23am, Easter Lane and General Meyer Ave. The 29-year-old driver of a motorcycle was speeding when he ran into a truck. He died on scene.


Two-Time Shoplifter on the Loose: 3:40pm, 400 block of Decatur Street. Police say a man caught on surveillance footage shoplifting from a store in the French Quarter is also wanted for shoplifting from the Canal Place Mall. The store manager of the store on Decatur St. told police that the suspect, described approximately 40-years of age, casually walked into the store. While she was turned, the man went behind the counter near the register. When she turned and saw him, he said, “Your register was open.” Surveillance footage shows the man running out of the store, down Decatur towards Canal. He made off with $570 from the register. He was wearing a “Free Sean Payton” shirt and white chef’s pants.


Shooting: 4:46pm, Forshey and Eagle. A 13-year-old student of Bengamin Banneker Elementary got off the school bus in Hollygrove to walk home with two friends when shots rang out. The 13-year-old was struck in the back. The bullet exited through his chest, collapsing one of his lungs. He walked home, and was brought to the hospital in stable condition. Police believed the kid was not the intended target: fires were shot in the area, and the kid was caught in the fray. 17-year-old Georval Lewis was arrested later in the evening at his home on the 9100 block of Forshey St. for Aggravated Battery (Shooting), Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Illegal Use of a Weapon. Members of the community contacted police and told them of Lewis’ possible involvement. After a search warrant of Lewis’ house, cops found the handgun and marijuana. Lewis admitted to firing the weapon earlier at two unknown subjects, because, he said, one of them started shooting at Lewis’ friends first. On May 4th, a second gunman was identified as Ronald Brooks, 17. Detectives secured a warrant for his arrest and, when found, will be charged with Aggravated Battery, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Illegal Discharge of a Weapon.


Armed Street Robber Nabbed: 11:43pm, 2000 block of Dauphine St. Four victims were walking in the Marigny Triangle towards Frenchmen St when a man jumped out from behind a parked car in a driveway and produced a silver semi-auto handgun. The perp stated, “Drop everything, empty your pockets, don’t run.” The victims complied; the perp fled in a waiting vehicle, a silver Chevrolet HHR, driven by an unknown black woman, Georgia license plate beginning BNE4. Through a follow-up investigation of the plates, detectives found the escape vehicle was owned by Enterprise Rentals. The car was rented out to Brandy L. Bass, 25, who was later positively identified by the victims in a photo lineup. Later in the week, NOPD Violent Offender Warrant Squad and U.S. Marshals then arrested Bass. Bass is currently on parole for Illegal Carrying of a Firearm and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine until December of this year. Bass is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for warrants and an unrelated weapon charge. Bass will be brought to Orleans Parish and charged with four counts of Armed Robbery.



Thursday, May 3, 2012


Residence Burglary: 2:00am, 5400 block of Bellaire Dr. A purse, wallet, watch, cell phone and charger were taken from the countertop of a residence. The point of entry was the sliding glass door that was left unlocked.


Shooting: 3:54pm, 3000 block of S. Saratoga St. In Central City, the victim and two friends were approached from behind by a man with a gun. The perp fired shots; the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.


Residence Burglar Nabbed: 5:15pm, 5600 block of Chamberlain Dr. A 32-year-old man was arrested for burglarizing a home.


Armed Robbery of Cabbie: 9:02pm, 600 block of First St. A cab driver was called out to the Irish Channel for a fare. When he arrived, two armed females approached the cab, put a gun to the victim’s head and demanded money. The cabbie gave them $400. The two perps ordered the victim out of the cab, and forced him in the trunk while they searched the cab, then fled.


Unclassified Death of Baby: 9:32pm, 1800 block of Franklin Ave. A 2-month-old baby was found unresponsive. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.



Friday, May 4, 2012


Shooting: 12:41am, 5100 block of Marigny St. The victim was leaving his home in Gentilly when a silver truck pulled up. Two unknown black males got out of the truck and opened fire at the victim. The victim was struck in both his legs, and was transported to the hospital for treatment.


Shooting: 1:10am, 2200 block of Prentiss Ave. The victim was walking in Gentilly when a black car pulled up alongside him. An unknown black male got out of the car, and ordered the victim to come towards him. When the victim asked the subject’s identity, the subject pulled out a handgun and began firing at him. The victim was not injured.


Aggravated Assault: 3:00am, 6000 block of Providence Pl. A 26-year-old woman was arrested for attempting to run over her boyfriend with her car during an argument.


Strip Club Storm: 5:00am, 420 Bourbon St. The 30-year-old victim was working at Lipstixx Gentlemen’s Club in the French Quarter when three other employees struck her, knocking her to the floor. One of the suspects then took the victim’s purse from her grasp. All three suspects then fled the scene. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Priscila Cisneros, 28, and Maranda Cotton, 28. The incident occurred on latter perp’s birthday.


Business Burglary: 5:00am, 2600 block of Jasmine St. In Gentilly, the front door of a convenience store was forced open; taken were several cartons of cigarettes.


Kidnapping: 9:00am, 6000 block of Chef Menteur Hwy. The perp forced her ex-girlfriend, the 36-year-old victim, into her vehicle. The perp drove her car, taking the victim to an unknown location. The victim was able to bail out of the car and made good on her escape.


Attempted Stabbing: 11:30am, 4500 block of Louisa St. An 18-year-old female was arrested for swinging a kitchen knife at her boyfriend during an altercation at their residence.


Auto Burglary: 1:05pm, 3500 block of Vincennes Place. Three young black males in a white Volvo with Florida plates committed an auto burglary in the Broadmoor area. Police are asking citizens to call 911 if the vehicle the three perps were driving is spotted.


Drive-by: 1:50pm, 600 block of Soraparu St. The 26-year-old victim was walking in the Irish Channel when subjects in a black car opened fire on him. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.


Fatal Motorcycle Accident: 10:00pm, I-10E past the Michoud Blvd exit. On the I-10 in New Orleans East, the 56-year-old driver of a Ford truck stopped due to construction work. The driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 66-year-old Slidell man, lost control and drove into the back of the truck. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike and died on the scene. Blood and Alcohol tests are pending. No citations were issued.



Saturday, May 5, 2012


Purse Snatching: 12:50am, Julia and St. Charles. The 29-year-old victim was sitting in the CBD when she was approached by an unknown black male. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse from her lap, then fled on foot on Julia St. toward Carondelet, then unknown.


Attempted iPhone Snatching: 4:00pm, Dauphine and Toulouse. The 27-year-old victim was walking in the French Quarter when he was approached by three unknown, juvenile black males. Two of the suspects tried snatching the victim’s phone while the third acted as lookout. The victim was able to keep a hold on his phone in the struggle, so the three perps fled the scene. Responding officers apprehended one of the suspects, who is a juvenile. The other two juvenile suspects made good on their escape.


Stabbing: 6:45am, 700 block of Iberville St. The 32-year-old victim was walking in the French Quarter when he was approached by a man impersonating a female, asking for a date. When the victim refused, the suspect grabbed the victim. The victim pushed the suspect away. The suspect then stabbed the victim in the shoulder with an unknown object. The suspect then fled the scene.


Drive-By: 12:41pm, 1800 block of Magnolia St. The 25-year-old victim was walking in Central City when a car drove by, opened fire, and hit the victim in the buttocks. The car fled lakebound on Felicity, then unknown. The victim is in stable condition.


Stabbing Over Laundry: 1:16pm, 6100 block of Tullis Drive. In the Cypress Run Apartments, the male victim and the female subject got in an argument over laundry. The subject, known as “Ms. Jackson,” walked up to the victim and hit him in the face. The victim went to leave through the stairwell of the apartment complex. But before he exited the stairwell, Ms. Jackson stabbed him with a kitchen knife.


Cutting: 4:45pm, 3000 block of Paris Ave. In Gentilly, Nora Roche, 43, cut her girlfriend’s cheek with a razor during an argument. She fled the scene, and was later arrested by responding officers.


Possession of Drugs and Gun: 8:35pm, 1900 block of Ursuline St. The suspect was pulled over for a traffic stop. The officer arrested the driver, Pernell Russel, 19, for possession of illegal narcotics and a handgun.



Sunday, May 6, 2012


Stabbing: 12:42am, Second and Dryades. The perp, known as “Renata,” stabbed the 25-year-old female victim in the head, face and arm with a broken glass. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Prostitute Stabbed: 6:51am, 10900 block of Chef Menteur Hwy. The 29-year-old female victim met with a “Spanish” male and agreed to a sexual transaction for $100. After the sexual act, the perp refused to pay her. They got into a physical altercation, when the man stabbed her in the abdomen. The victim was treated at the hospital.


Armed Robbery: 7:27am, 2000 block of 2nd St. The 83-year-old victim was sitting on his porch when two unknown black males armed with a gun approached him, demanding money. The old man complied. The victims fled.


Attempted Shoplifting: 5:40pm, 4300 block of Downman Road. In New Orleans East, an employee of a store saw an unknown black woman enter the store with an empty bag, then attempt to leave the store with the same bag full of merchandise without paying. The employee confronted the woman and took the bag from her. The woman fled the scene in a silver or gold Chevrolet.


Stabbing: 7:50pm, 300 block of Bourbon St. The 37-year-old victim was walking in the French Quarter when he saw a verbal altercation between a man and a cab driver. The man produced a knife, and the cabbie drove off. The victim followed the man with the knife, until the suspect stabbed the victim in the chest. The suspect fled, but was later apprehended by responding officers. The suspect was identified as Steven Goard, 23.


Shooting: 9:22pm, Gen DeGaulle and Huntlee. The 19-year-old victim and an unknown black male were involved in a verbal altercation, when the perp started shooting at the victim. The victim was shot in the left bicep, wrist and chest. He was transported to the hospital for surgery.


Shooting: 9:40pm, 2800 block of 4th St. The 67-year-old victim was approached by an unknown black male trying to rob him. The subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the side of the neck. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.



Monday, May 7, 2012


Stabbing: 3:53am, 4700 block of Friar Tuck. In New Orleans East, the 51-year-old victim allowed a friend in his home to use the telephone. The victim sustained multiple stab wounds to his body. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.


Rape: 4:25am, 4900 block of Chef Menteur Hwy. An aggravated rape was reported in New Orleans East. The incident is being investigated by the Special Victims Unit.


Baby Murdered: 8:00am, 3300 block of Fern Street. Micah Short, 21, was booked with First Degree Murder and Second Degree Cruelty for striking his 2-month-old daughter in the head in Gert Town. The baby could not be resuscitated when she was brought to the hospital. Short admitted to striking the baby because she would not stop crying.



Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Car Chase into Jefferson Parish: 3:45am, 4100 block of Division St. NOPD officers began chasing a wanted suspect’s vehicle in New Orleans – near Bellaire Drive and 40th Street – and into Metairie, after the suspect was seen pulling on car door handles. The suspect and an accomplice drove off in a black car. The accomplice was let out during the chase, and made good on his escape. NOPD notified Jefferson Parish headquarters as they crossed into the Parish line, chasing the suspect in the car. The suspect, Drew Thompson, 18, ran his car into an NOPD cruiser in the 4000 block of Division Street. Thompson continued to flee in his car a block, jumped out, and attempted to escape on foot. Thomspon was apprehended after a brief struggle behind a residence on the 4200 block of Hessmer. He was booked in Jefferson Parish for multiple traffic offenses and resisting arrest by violence. Thompson was booked with auto theft in October, along with three other teens, for allegedly stealing a car and driving it into Lake Pontchartrain.


Officer Life in Danger: 10:12am, Lamarque and Thayer. NOPD Public Information Office said, the subject was riding a bicycle in Algiers when officers spotted a bulge in his waistband. When officers went to investigate, the subject jumped from his bike and gave chase on foot. When officers spotted him later in the area, the subject turned and had a gun in his hand. Officers told him to stop, to which he didn’t comply. Officers fired two shots at the subject, who fled uninjured. Officers chased down and arrested the subject, Jerome Wiltz, 21. No one was injured.


Thief in Scrubs: 11:30am, 2633 Napoleon Ave. An unknown black female entered a medical office, posed as a medical worker by wearing scrubs, and stole $300 in cash from an unlocked office.


Fatal Shooting: 12:50pm, Filmore St and Vermillion Blvd. In Gentilly, 33-year-old Oscar Johnson was gunned down. Officers heard the shots while dining at a nearby restaurant. They ran outside and found the victim lying in the middle of the street. He’d been shot multiple times and died on the scene. Officers saw a white, late model Ford Escape with dark tinted windows fleeing the scene at high speed. The officers chased the vehicle for miles ‘til Uptown, where they lost it.


Stabbing: 6:39pm, 3000 block of Franklin. In Gentilly, a woman stabbed her boyfriend twice in the chest with a screwdriver during an argument. The victim was uncooperative with the responding officer. The wounds were superficial.


Man Who Beat His Old Man Nabbed: 7:10pm, 7700 block of South Claiborne. The 91-year-old victim and his son, 50-year-old Gregory Wendling, were in an argument, when Wendling pushed his father to the ground, removed a can of carpet cleaner from his father’s hand, and struck him in the head with it. The victim suffered two lacerations and bruising. The perp fled the scene. Around 10:00pm, an NOPD detective and sergeant interviewed the victim in his home. The officers told the victim to call them when his son, who lives next door, came back home. The perp returned shortly after while the officers were still in the area. The two officers returned to the residence, and arrested Wendling.


Shooting: 9:40pm, 1500 block of N. Roman St. The victims were walking riverbound on Laperouse St and made a right turn onto N. Roman Street, when they were fired upon by three subjects. One of the perps was identified as Christian “Chucky” Allen, 21. Allen and the two other unknown black subjects fled in a grey/silver Range Rover SUV, which was parked near the intersection of Laperouse and N. Roman St.


Shooting: 9:49pm, 3000 block of Morrice Duncan Dr. The 36-year-old victim was walking in Desire when an unknown black male approached him. During a struggle, the perp pulled out a gun, and the victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right thigh.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Attempted Shoplifting: 12:48pm, 3000 block of Gentilly Blvd. In Gentilly, two women attempted to shoplift a t-shirt from a drugstore.


Car Chase After Shots Fired: 7:00pm, 3400 block of Vespasian St. In Algiers, residents reported hearing shots fired, and saw a group of armed men getting into a white car with Mississippi plates and taking off. Responding officers chased the car briefly. During the chase, someone in the car tossed a 9mm handgun and a pair of pink latex gloves out the window. Seconds later, four men bailed out of the car with the motor still running. A K-9 unit that was called to the area apprehended one of the men. Officers caught up with two of the others at Behrman Ave and Behrman Highway. The fourth perp fled to the golf course at Brechtel Park and made good on his escape. The white car was towed to the 4th District Station, where officers found a .45 uzi and a 9mm on the floorboard of the driver’s side, along with black bandanas. In the backseat, officers found more bandanas, as well as a handgun and a Tech 9 pistol. Woodrow Watts, 18, was booked with Illegal Use of a Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Flight from an Officer. Ronald Smith, 21, was booked with Illegal Use of a Weapon, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Driving Without a License, Flight from an Officer and a warrant. Dalvin Smith, 19, was booked with Illegal Use of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and Flight from an Officer. He also has two outstanding warrants for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon.

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