New Orleans area police reports for March 15, 2013

Gary Magee
Gary Magee

Man sought in probe of quintuple shooting

Police are looking for a “person of interest” in a quintuple shooting that left a 5-year-old girl and 33-year-old woman dead last spring.

Police are searching for Gary Magee, 21, in connection with the shooting May 29 in the 1200 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue. Police have not officially identified Magee as a suspect; they also did not absolve him from involvement. Police also said that Magee is wanted for failure to appear in court and several narcotics violations. A 10-year-old boy, 20-year-old man and 24-year-old man were wounded in the shooting. Anyone with information on Magee’s location is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822.1111.

Man shot in face
in stable condition

An unidentified man was found with a gunshot wound to the face Wednesday night in eastern New Orleans but is in stable condition.

The incident was reported in the 7500 block of Pineridge Street around 9:41 p.m. Police say they arrived at the scene and found the victim lying on the ground with the wound. No other information was released.

Man asks to be shot while holding infant

A Westwego man was found with three bloody infants Wednesday after Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a fight in Bridge City.

Deputies arrived in the 900 block of Seven Oaks Boulevard to find Alvin Holmes, 23, holding a bloody infant in his arms, according to an arrest report.

When approached by deputies, Holmes told deputies to shoot him, before they managed to get the child away from him, the report said. Authorities also found several other bloody children who were less than a year old at the scene, the report stated.

Holmes was booked with two counts of simple battery, negligent injuring, two counts of resisting police by force and simple criminal damage to property.

Woman arrested
in drive-by shooting

Police have booked a New Orleans woman with being a principal to attempted murder and aggravated assault after they say she served as the getaway driver in a drive-by shooting last year.

Tyeisha Lawrence, 27, was arrested Wednesday and remains in custody. She is accused of driving a vehicle to the 1900 Pauger Street on Oct. 22 and allowing a rear-seat passenger to open fire on two men. One man was shot in the leg, while the other was shot in neck.

Metairie man faces
faces fraud charges

A Metairie man accused of collecting disability benefits while working another job was indicted in federal court on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office announced that Jonathan Cantrell, 36, was booked with one count of theft of government funds. Prosecutors allege that Cantrell collected more than $22,000 from the Social Security Administration from August 2009 to October 2010 while also working as a pest control technician. If convicted, Cantrell could be imprisoned for as much at 10 years.

Fire near Covington sends one to hospital

An early morning fire near Covington sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning, but no other injuries were reported.

The incident was reported shortly after 3 a.m. in the 73000 block of Manor Street near Covington. Firefighters found the home ablaze and four occupants outside. It took about 80 minutes to get the fire under control, and one of the building’s occupants was taken to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation.

Fake jerseys could lead to real trouble

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kenner man of selling fake NFL jerseys at his French Quarter business, and if the man is convicted he could face a decade in prison and a $2 million fine.

Mohammed Sameer Ahmed, 36, was charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods Wednesday after authorities say they found 58 counterfeit NFL jerseys at his store. Authorities said the jerseys had fake holograms and other logos.

Burglary suspect held; tools were clue

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked a Metairie man with burglary of a pharmacy Tuesday after authorities claim he left behind his easily traceable tools at the crime scene.

Scott Rodrigue, 43, was arrested in connection with a burglary at a pharmacy in the 4300 block of Clearview Parkway Feb. 19, according to an arrest report. Authorities say they responded to a report of a business burglary and found a hole in a rear wall of the pharmacy. The building’s narcotics section had been rifled through as well, the report stated.

However, Detectives Darrin Perrin and Todd Giacona began tracking down the history of a pick axe found at the scene, and it led them to a local hardware store. Using security footage from that business and other businesses, they connected Rodrigue to the burglary, the report stated.

Employee accused
of stealing thousands

An employee at a Metairie auto repair business is accused of doing work on customers’ cars but failing to deposit their payments in the company’s coffers.

Richard Casselberry, 54, was booked with theft in excess of $1,500 after his boss told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office he was stealing thousands by conducting off-the-book transactions with customers. The company owner discovered about $3,000 to $4,000 missing but thinks there could be more missing.

Office manager accused of theft

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie office manager after her boss discovered more than $14,000 in missing cash payments.

According to an arrest report, Kennia Garner, 39, is accused of stealing the cash starting in September. When confronted, authorities say Garner admitted to theft in December.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau