New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 4, 2012

Man, 22, booked in shooting, robbery

A 22-year-old man is in police custody after authorities said he shot up a Bourbon Street club during a robbery last month.

Marion George was booked with aggravated battery and armed robbery in connection with the Nov. 12 incident. George is accused of shooting the manager of a club in the 400 block of Bourbon Street after first spraying the door to the man’s office with bullets. Police said George also robbed the business of cash.

George already had a conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

String of weekend
robberies probed

New Orleans police are investigating a string of robberies that happened all over the city this weekend.

The latest incident was reported Sunday morning at 10:19 a.m. in the 3000 block of Elysian Fields Avenue. The victim said a gunman entered the store with a towel over his face and demanded money from the register and her belongings. Once he had the cash, the man fled in an unknown direction.

Another robbery was reported in Algiers shortly after noon on Monday. Police said a man entered a gas station in the 3000 block of General de Gaulle Drive and demanded cash from the register. Shortly before 8 p.m., police said two gunmen robbed a man outside of his apartment in the 2000 block of Lakeshore Drive.

On Friday night, a man said he was robbed by a man who pointed a gun out of a window and demanded cash, police said. That incident happened in the 3400 block of Louisa Street shortly after 7 p.m.

Fender bender leads to chase, arrest

A minor traffic accident on Saturday morphed into a car chase and wild car ride that ended with an arrest.

Donald Taylor, 57, is accused of hitting a vehicle on Jefferson Highway and then trying to flee the scene through Jefferson. Eventually, police said, the driver whose vehicle Taylor struck wound up riding in the back of his pickup truck so he wouldn’t escape.

According to an arrest report, the incident started near the intersection of Jefferson Highway and Claiborne Court. Taylor is accused of changing lanes improperly and striking another vehicle, causing minor damage to a mirror. However, the report says Taylor refused to stop and tried to speed away.

The other driver chased Taylor in his vehicle and eventually boxed him in at a red light, the report said. That driver got out of his vehicle and managed to take away Taylor’s car keys before calling police. But, the report says Taylor whipped out a spare key, started his car and tried to drive away again.

That’s when the other driver leapt into the bed of Taylor’s truck to keep track of him, the report said. The man was taken for a short ride to the intersection of Arnoult Road and Jefferson Highway. There Taylor stopped the vehicle, and the other driver again removed his keys.

Police said that when they arrived, Taylor appeared highly intoxicated. He was booked with hit and run, driving while intoxicated-second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and a host of misdemeanor charges related to driving without a valid license and insurance.

Man shoots TV after dispute with his wife

An argument with his wife led a River Ridge man to drastic measures on Friday evening, and the man’s television paid the price.

According to an arrest report, Wayne Schake, 59, was arguing with his wife in their bedroom in the 9000 block of Crochet Street. Schake pulled out a .357-caliber handgun from his night stand and fired one round into the couple’s television.

No one was injured, and the report doesn’t say what the couple argued over. The television did not survive.

Man mistakes house for his own, arrested

A Chalmette man was arrested on Saturday after police said he broke into an elderly woman’s home because he mistook it for his own.

Troy Adams was booked with unauthorized entry of a dwelling, simple criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace.

Police said that Adams broke the front window and side door of an elderly woman’s apartment because he thought his key wasn’t working.

He was arrested while trying to gain entry into another apartment in the building.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau