New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 8, 2013

New Orleans bureau

LaPlace man accused
of armed robbery

Kenner police arrested a 23-year-old LaPlace man after authorities say he helped rob a Kenner convenience store Sunday, but officials are still looking for the robber’s accomplice.

Jonathan Butler was booked with armed robbery after police stopped his vehicle in the 2600 block of Georgia Avenue.

Police said that shortly before stopping Butler, his passenger fled the vehicle on foot, according to Kenner Sgt. Brian McGregor.

Police believe the passenger robbed a store in the 4300 block of Williams Boulevard at gunpoint shortly before 10 a.m. Authorities are trying to identify that suspect.

Anyone with information can contact Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Inmate booked
on second rape case

A rapist already locked up in northern Louisiana was booked with rape again for a 2007 case in New Orleans.

Ivan Perez, 33, was booked with aggravated rape and given a $500,000 bail Sunday, according to Magistrate Court records in New Orleans. Perez is accused of raping a New Orleans woman outside her apartment complex in September 2007.

He was already convicted of aggravated rape and was serving time in Homer.

According to court records, Perez grabbed the victim as she was entering the security gate at her apartment and anally raped her.

He was able to elude capture for years, but police finally caught him after getting a hit on DNA evidence collected from the victim. The match was discovered in 2011, and a warrant was issued for Perez this summer, record said.

Inmate accused
of stalking by phone

A local man previously arrested for multiple counts of domestic abuse battery was booked with stalking this weekend after authorities say he called his wife nearly 100 times from prison, despite a protective order barring any contact.

Wilfred Sophus Sr., 33, also was booked with 86 counts of violating a protective order and is being held on $100,000 bail. Court records say Sophus was arrested at least three times in the past seven months for domestic abuse, with the most recent arrest occurring on Dec. 7.

Despite signing multiple protective orders, he continued to have contact with his wife and called her multiple times from prison, according to inmate phone records.

Algiers shootout suspects arrested

Two brothers accused of having a shootout with the occupants of a car last month in Algiers were arrested this weekend and booked with identical charges.

Darren Ruffin Jr., 20, and Destin Ruffin, 20, were booked with aggravated battery, aggravated criminal damage to property and aggravated assault after police say they engaged in a gun battle with a vehicle that left another person shot twice.

The incident was reported Dec. 28 in the 1100 block of Michael Street in Algiers.

The Ruffins were standing outside their mother’s home around 5:30 p.m., when a silver vehicle drove by and someone opened fire on them, according to a court record.

The brothers returned fire and apparently struck the vehicle and wounded a 21-year-old man.

The victim initially lied to police about the shooting but later admitted the circumstances.

Man accused
of stabbing friend

Police arrested a local man Sunday after authorities say he stabbed his roommate when they squabbled over a missing earring and a female house guest.

Kevin Hebert was booked with aggravated battery and remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

According to court records, Hebert and his 38-year-old friend fought around 3:13 a.m. after Hebert, a cosmetologist, became enraged over a missing earring and a female guest.

During the squabble, Hebert also bit the victim, the report said.

After a brief fist fight, Hebert allegedly retrieved a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the victim.

He was found with the weapon in his hand when police arrived, court records say.

Man accused
of molesting girl

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked a Metairie man with sexual battery Saturday after authorities say he fondled an 11-year-old girl.

Taylor May, 28, was arrested after the victim told police May put his hand down her pants as she lay on the bed playing video games.

May was arrested without incident.

Police: Shoplifters caught with pills

A Marrero man and woman accused of shoplifting at a Terrytown mall were arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, and deputies reportedly found more than 200 pills in the woman’s purse.

According to an arrest report, deputies were called out to the Oakwood Shopping Center after employees reported that Courtney Ables, 33, shoplifted several designer shirts from the store.

Authorities say that after sprinting to his car, Ables rammed a security vehicle and patrol car with his own truck trying to escape.

They say that Brandie Hughes, 33, was in the vehicle at the same time.

When authorities searched Hughes’ purse, they found prescription pill bottles filled with hydrocodone, carisoprodol and oxymorphone. Although more than 200 pills were found, the deputy reported that far more pills were missing than allowed under the prescriptions, according to an arrest report.

Hughes admitted to giving some of the pills to Ables, the report said.

Hughes was booked with theft under $500, opium distribution and hydrocodone distribution, among other charges. Ables was booked with theft under $500.

Burglars shot inside New Orleans home

A 26-year-old New Orleans man was shot in the chest on Sunday afternoon after police say he forced his way inside of a home with an accomplice.

Jerome Guy was wounded during at incident shortly before 6 p.m. in the 3000 block of St. Ann Street in New Orleans.

Police say that Guy and an unidentified man forced their way inside the home and exchanged gunfire with one of the residents.

No other injuries were reported.

Teen carjacked
by two robbers

A New Orleans teenager reported being carjacked at gunpoint by two men who also stole his wallet.

The incident was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of Olive Street.

The victim said that two men walked up to his car waving guns and forced him to get out of the vehicle.

They then took his wallet and keys and left the scene.

Coroner identifies homicide victim

A New Orleans man dead in the street on Sunday morning was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

Joshua Walker, 25, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the body, according to Chief Investigator John Gagliano, of the Coroner’s Office. Walker was found by police in the 3400 block of Audubon Court shortly after 1 a.m.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau