Police and fire briefs

Police: Man, burglars engaged in shootout

An eastern New Orleans homeowner engaged in a gun battle with would-be burglars Wednesday morning, but no injuries were reported.

New Orleans police said the victim told them he was home in the 5600 block of St. Helena Place with a woman at about 4 a.m. when he saw three masked men enter his home through a window. The homeowner could see the suspects because he has a camera system at his home, according to a preliminary report.

The homeowner grabbed his personal weapon and then waited for the men to come to him in the home, according to the report. He then exchanged gunfire with the men. The homeowner was not injured, and police do not know of any injuries to the wanted suspects.

Man hurt in Marrero shooting near school

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a late afternoon shooting in Marrero that left one man injured.

The incident was reported shortly before 3 p.m. in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Marrero. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the man received non-life-threatening injuries. The incident happened in the Lincolnshire subdivision, which long has been a hot spot for gun violence.

The shooting happened only a few blocks from an elementary school.

Stabbing suspect
called career criminal

A New Orleans man has been tagged as a “career criminal” after, authorities said, he stabbed his cousin’s boyfriend on Saturday.

Michael Celestine, 24, was booked with aggravated battery by police Tuesday but was tagged as a “career criminal” at a probable cause hearing in magistrate court Wednesday. Because of that designation, Celestine faces much stiffer penalties if convicted. He was also on parole for a narcotics possession charge at the time of the alleged stabbing.

According to court records, Celestine stabbed the 29-year-old victim multiple times in the back and shoulder after they fought over a Playstation 3 gaming system. The victim accused Celestine of stealing the system. The report states that the two men fought, and then Celestine left the scene before returning with a knife and brick.

Several witnesses, including Celestine’s cousin, identified him to police. Celestine is eligible for the “career criminal” designation because of three prior convictions, although all those convictions were related to narcotics possession. He is being held on $75,000 bond.

Sheriff: Man blocked road, exposed self

A Metairie man was arrested Tuesday after, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said, he stopped traffic on Houma Boulevard and then exposed his genitals.

Daniel Copping, 33, was booked with obscenity, simple battery and simple assault after a motorist told deputies that Copping danced into the middle of the street and then threatened him when he complained.

The incident was reported in the 900 block of Houma Boulevard. The victim said he was driving with his wife when Copping began blocking the roadway. When the victim objected, Copping became belligerent and threatened the man, according to an arrest report. Copping then exposed his penis to the man’s wife and made derogatory comments towards her. He was arrested without incident.

Robber takes club goer’s wallet, bag, car

New Orleans police are searching for a man who authorities believed robbed a French Quarter clubber early Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

The victim told police he was leaving a club and walking back to his car near Chartres Street and Wilkinson Street when he was approached from behind by an unknown man. He said the man stuck an object that seemed to be a gun in his back and then forced the victim to the ground, according to a preliminary report.

The robber demanded the victim’s keys and bag and then went through the victim’s pants to take his wallet, the report stated. The robber then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. No information was released on that vehicle.

Woman: Men entered home, shot at her

A woman told New Orleans police that two strange men followed her into her home Tuesday night and opened fire.

The incident happened in the 9100 block of Morrison Road shortly before 9 p.m. The victim told police she walked to her car when she was approached by two unknown men. She said the men then followed her back inside her home and fired several shots. No injuries were reported, and no motive was released.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau