New Orleans area police briefs for March 19, 2013

New clues released in schoolteacher search

New Orleans police say that a local schoolteacher who disappeared earlier this month was last seen driving alone headed toward City Park.

Police have video footage from homes, traffic cameras and businesses that shows Terrilyn Monette’s vehicle leaving a bank parking lot in Lakeview, driving down Harrison Avenue and then turning north on to Marconi Drive, said Officer Hilal Williams, a police spokeswoman. She said police know Monette entered City Park at some point.

Williams revealed that information on Monday after noting that a Texas search team had returned to its home state to gather more equipment to search for the schoolteacher who was last seen in the early morning hours of March 2.

Police and volunteers have searched City Park and several local waterways for clues about Monette’s disappearance, but with no success so far. Williams said the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Louisiana State Police and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office continue to assist in the search.

Homicide victims identified in killings

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified three men killed in separate shootings Sunday and Monday, including one Algiers teenager.

Ryan Williams, 27; Michael Jackson, 46; and Normand Briscoe, 19, were all fatally shot in incidents that began Sunday evening and continued into the early morning hours of Monday. Police have not announced in motives or suspects in any of the incidents.

Briscoe died at a local hospital after being shot in the 800 block of Elmira Street in Algiers around 3 a.m. Monday. According to public records, Briscoe lived in that block, and police say they found him wounded inside a home after responding to a report of shots. It was not immediately clear if Briscoe was killed inside his home.

Police have already investigated the shootings of Williams around 10 p.m. on Sunday and Jackson around 7 p.m. Police found Williams with multiple gunshot wounds to the body in the 8100 block of Belfast Street in the Hollygrove neighborhood. He was lying dead in the street.

Jackson was found dead in the 2500 block of Terpsichore Street with a gunshot wound to the head.

Priest robbed and beaten in Metairie

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who robbed and beat a Metairie priest inside his church on Sunday.

The incident was reported at the St. Clement of Rome Church in the 4300 block of Richland Avenue, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

The priest reported that two men came into a church office and demanded that the priest open a safe. One man struck the priest with a crowbar when he couldn’t get the safe open. Fortunato said the robbers eventually fled without any cash.

One robber is described as being about 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches with dark brown skin and weighing 170 to 180 pounds. He wore black, hooded sweatshirt with a bandanna over his face, Fortunato said. The other robber was between 6 feet and 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighed 250 pounds and had light brown skin. Fortunato said that man also wore a black, hooded sweatshirt and bandanna.

Arrest made in November homicide

A 23-year-old man has been booked with murder in connection with a double shooting last year in Marrero that left one man dead.

Justin Hutchinson was booked with second-degree murder and attempted second degree murder Friday in connection with a shooting that left Curtis Robert, 29, dead and Alton Perry, 44, wounded. Perry and Robert were shot while walking in the Lincolnshire subdivision on Nov. 26.

In a strange twist, the November shooting marked the second time Perry was shot in 2012, and the Sheriff’s Office also made an arrest in the other shooting last week. In May, Perry was shot in the stomach, and police booked James Moore, 22, with attempted second-degree in connection with that case.

Man hides under house after shooting

A quick-thinking shooting victim hid under an Uptown home to avoid additional wounds Sunday night.

Police say the victim reported that he was walking at the intersection of South Dorgenois Street and Louisiana Parkway when he heard several gunshots ring out. The man reported that he saw a gunman dressed in black shooting at him.

Police say the victim tried to run but realized he’d been shot in the leg and hand. The victim managed to scramble beneath a nearby home where he hid until he felt it was safe to leave.

Man shot during robbery for cellphone

A 25-year-old local man who fought with an armed robber over his smartphone and shoes was shot for his trouble Saturday afternoon.

The incident was reported at Curran Road and Read Boulevard in eastern New Orleans about 5:25 p.m.

The victim said an unknown man demanded his shoes and iPhone while waving a gun. When the victim refused, the robber hit him in the face with the gun, and they fought over the weapon. The robber shot the victim once in the leg and ran away.

Decatur Street bar robbed on Saturday

Two gunmen reportedly robbed employees at a popular local bar of cash and jewelry early Saturday morning.

The incident was reported shortly after 3 a.m. by employees at The Hookah Bar on Decatur Street. Employees said that two armed and masked men entered the manager’s office at the business where the manager and four employees were located. The men demanded money, and the victims complied.

Police say the robbers stole personal cash, jewelry and money from a safe at the business.

Kenner man booked with sex counts

A Kenner man is accused of raping two children for years and fathering several children with one of the girls.

Jose Oscar Gomez Valdez, 51, was booked by Kenner police Friday on three counts of aggravated sex crimes, three counts of molestation of a juvenile, three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, three counts of aggravated crimes against nature, three counts of oral sexual battery.

He remains in custody.

Police say that Valdez began raping two relatives when they were 13 years old and 9 years old. The abuse continued for years, and one of the victims had four children as a result of the rapes.

The victims told police that the abuse began in Indiana, and continued during stops in North Carolina and Kenner.

Galvez would threaten them with deportation if they did not comply.

Man runs into home during police chase

A traffic stop that stretched into a police chase in Kenner ended with one of the wanted men dashing into someone else’s home while trying to evade capture, according to Kenner police.

Philip Weber, 23, was booked with unauthorized entry, resisting police by force and simple damage to property after authorities say he participated in a police chase that ended with damage to a police car and breaking into someone’s home.

Police say that Weber and another man fled from police after an officer tried to stop their vehicle. During the chase, the vehicle crashed into a police car, and Weber fled the scene on foot, police say. They say he hid in someone’s house after climbing through an open window but was captured after a resident flagged down police who were searching in the area.

Man arrested after dog finds marijuana

A curious pet led to the arrest of Kenner man for marijuana possession on Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Rydell Stipe was trying to hide from Kenner police Sunday at a neighbor’s residence in the 300 block of Pollock Place. Stipe ran from police after they attempted to break up an argument he was having with his girlfriend. However, when police chased him into the residence and captured him, they say a family pet came out of another room with a 21-gram bag of marijuana in its mouth. The pet’s owner said the narcotics weren’t for him, and Stipe was booked with marijuana possession and simple battery.

Cooking utensil used in Metairie robbery

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man Saturday after authorities say he used a frying pan to rob a man of drugs and cash.

Jimmie Turner was booked with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment. According to a police report, Turner ambushed the victim with a frying pan and then tied the man to a chair with duct tape. Turner managed to steal about $450 in cash, 52 grams of marijuana and some prescription pills, according to the report.

Woman accused
of child desertion

A Kenner woman was taken to jail Thursday after authorities say she left her 1-year-old son in the car while she shoplifted. Shannon Remo was booked with child desertion by Kenner police after they discovered her son in a car seat in the unlocked car.

Police said the infant appeared to be sweating.

Remo attracted the attention of police when they say she tried to return items at Wal-Mart that she never actually purchased.

Compiled by Allen Powell II, New Orleans bureau