New Orleans area police briefs for Nov. 10, 2012

New Orleans bureau

Man shot in the
back in St. Claude

A man was shot in the back and arm Friday afternoon in St. Claude, police said.

The shooting happened about 1 p.m. in the 1400 block of Independence Street, between North Villere and North Robertson streets, police said.

Paramedics rushed the victim, whose name and age were not available, to a local hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately known.

Police did not provide any information on the gunman or a motive. It was the city’s first shooting in several days.

Man robbed of car
in French Quarter

A man was attacked early Friday morning in the French Quarter by assailants who stole his car, police said.

The victim was in his parked car in the 700 block of Bienville Street about 5 a.m. when two men walked up to the vehicle. One of the men reached through the driver’s side window and hit the victim in the face. When the victim got out of the car, the attacker and accomplice got in and drove away.

Police later found the car several blocks away in a parking garage. Police did not release descriptions of the men, and no arrests have been announced.

Man accused of trying to kill family

A Harahan man was booked with attempted murder Wednesday after Harahan police said he tried to kill his wife and her two children that morning.

John Polk, 49, was booked with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of domestic abuse battery, battery of a police officer, simple battery, resisting arrest by force and second degree battery. He is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on $1.12 million bond.

Police were called out to Polk’s home in the 1800 block of Hickory Avenue after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance. They found him outside fighting with his 17-year-old stepson, according to an arrest report. When police tried to intervene, they said Polk attacked them.

When the officer talked to the man’s stepson, the teenager told them that Polk beat the boy’s mother and forced her to fall down a flight of stairs, injuring her neck. The woman only has one kidney, and Polk kicked her near that organ while threatening to kill her, according to an arrest report.

When the woman’s son tried to help, Polk threatened to kill him as well and began choking him, the report says. He also allegedly threatened the boy’s 24-year-old sister who was at the home and hit her. Polk was on parole from an earlier conviction until 2017.

Sheriff’s Office will host family event

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Day at the Park on Saturday at Lafreniere Park after bad weather forced a postponement from last weekend.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature free food and demonstrations from the agency’s units. There will helicopter demonstrations and free tours of JPSO equipment.

Metairie man accused
of lying to police

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man Thursday after he admitted to lying about being robbed at gunpoint to mask the fact that he got robbed by a prostitute.

Investigators say Bobby Ratcliff Sr., 52, told police he was robbed while walking home from the store Wednesday morning. He said a man approached him with a gun and stole his wallet, cash and watch, according to an arrest report.

But detectives became suspicious because Ratcliff did not immediately report the incident to authorities and only came forward at the urging of his son. Under questioning, Ratcliff admitted that he’d hired a prostitute and fallen asleep after having intercourse with her. When he awoke, his personal items had disappeared along with the woman. He was booked with false swearing to public health.

Man charged with beating girlfriend

New Orleans police are investigating a complaint that a local man beat and choked his pregnant wife in front of their toddler son.

Andrew Honeycutt, 45, was booked with two counts of domestic abuse battery Thursday by New Orleans police. According to court records, Honeycutt beat and choked his wife after arguing with her while she was getting their 1-year-old son ready for school.

The 20-year-old woman, who is three months pregnant, said she lost consciousness during the incident but that Honeycutt threatened to kill her if she contacted police. The records also said the couple had been together since the woman was 16 years old.

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