New Orleans area police reports for Nov. 16, 2012

Man shot during armed robbery

Police are searching for a robber who shot a man during an armed robbery in eastern New Orleans on Thursday morning.

The incident happened in the 4600 block of Papania Street shortly before 3:45 a.m. The victim told police he was walking down the street when an unknown man in black approached him from behind with a gun in his hand.

The man told the victim to lie on the ground and give up his property. While the victim was on the ground, the robber shot him once in the leg.

The robber then fled on foot while the victim was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle.

Police are also investigating two other unrelated armed robberies from Wednesday night. One incident happened in the 3000 block of Lowerline Street at 9:34 p.m., and the victim reported having his wallet, money and vehicle stolen.

The other incident occurred in the 1200 block of Clouet Street at 11:19 p.m. That victim said he was robbed at gunpoint while riding his bicycle, and the robbers took his trumpet, recorder and money.

Anyone with information on the incidents can contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111

Suspect caught after flagging down police

A New Orleans man was arrested Wednesday after he flagged down an officer shortly after he tried to burglarize a business, according to police, and directed officers to a stolen car.

Michael Reed, 21, was booked with two counts of attempted burglary, resisting arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen automobile. He remains in custody.

According to magistrate court records, the incident began in the 8400 block of the South Interstate 10 Service Road on Wednesday morning when police were called out to a business where burglars had broken a cinderblock wall to gain access. Police connected that incident to several other burglars in the Seventh District and decided to drive around to other local businesses to check on them.

Court records say that officers noticed a red truck parked on the sidewalk in front of a business in the 13000 block of Haynes Boulevard and decided to investigate. As they approached the business, several people fled on foot. Police would later recover a sledgehammer and shovel at the scene.

However, the records say that police set up a perimeter to try to capture the fleeing suspects. While they were conducting that search, an officer said that Reed flagged him down and said he wanted to report an armed robbery. Reed told police that three men in dark clothing with dreadlocks had just robbed him at gunpoint then fled on foot.

Reed, who lives in Algiers, also told the officer that he was on his way to his red truck parked on Haynes Boulevard and produced a set of keys to prove his claim.

But the officer noticed that Reed was unusually calm and that he had scratches on his legs. Under additional questioning, Reed admitted he concocted the robbery story after he fled from police at the convenience store. He also admitted the red truck he was driving was a stolen vehicle. He was arrested without incident.

Man accused of beating ex-girlfriend

A New Orleans man is in jail after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, beat her, threatened to kill her and stole her car.

Peter Thomas, 31, was booked with aggravated burglary and theft of a motor vehicle Wednesday. According to court records, Thomas broke into his girlfriend’s home in eastern New Orleans on Nov. 11 after she refused to let him inside.

The 31-year-old woman told police that Thomas first knocked at her front door about 7 p.m. then broke in through a kitchen window. He began punching and kicking her before pulling a gun and threatening to kill her. Thomas eventually left the home in the victim’s white Dodge Magnum and was pulled over Wednesday by police. The couple has a 6-year-old son and previously lived together for five years.

Sobriety checkpoint planned for Saturday

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will be checking for drunken drivers on the West Bank on Saturday night.

The Sheriff’s Office is setting up a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Anyone found to be driving while intoxicated will be arrested.

Harvey bridge
closed this weekend

The Harvey bridge will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday evening until 6 p.m. Sunday evening for mechanical repairs.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will be replacing valves and other parts of the bridge. Vehicular traffic will not be allowed.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau