New Orleans area Police and Fire briefs for March 20, 2013

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Slidell police arrest homicide suspect

Slidell police this week arrested the man they say fatally shot another man in early January.

Michael G. Smith Jr., 20, was booked Monday on a count of second-degree murder, said detective Daniel Seuzeneau, a Police Department spokesman.

Investigators allege Smith shot and killed Warren Pryor, 21, on Jan. 7. Pryor’s death was the first killing in St. Tammany Parish this year.

Smith, who was initially named a “person of interest” in the case, shot Pryor, then drove Pryor’s car to New Orleans, where it was found burned, Seuzeneau said.

A day after Pryor’s death, Smith surrendered himself to the New Orleans Police Department for a separate homicide case in which he was booked with second-degree murder in the death of Joshua Walker.

Walker, 25, was found shot to death about 1 a.m. Jan. 6 in the 3400 block of Audubon Court in Gert Town in New Orleans.

Seuzeneau said that forensic results Slidell police received linked Smith to Pryor’s death.

Smith, who was in jail in New Orleans, was transferred Monday to the Slidell City Jail to be booked with Pryor’s death. He will be transferred back to New Orleans to await trial there, Seuzeneau said.

A motive for Pryor’s killing remains unknown, Seuzeneau said. Detective Sgt. Ralph Morel is leading the investigation.

Man, 19, fatally shot Monday in Harvey

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Monday night that left a 19-year-old Harvey man dead.

Deputies responding to a call of gunfire in the 4100 block of 4100 block Lac Couture Drive about 8:30 p.m. found Byron Jones unconscious in the courtyard in front of his apartment, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Glen Boyd said.

Jones was shot multiple times and died on the scene. Neighbors said they heard about 10 shots fired, Boyd said.

Investigators did not immediately have any information on a suspect or motive in Jones’ death, Boyd said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.

Man stabbed to death in Central City

A man was stabbed to death Monday night in Central City, the New Orleans Police Department said.

The victim, whose identity remained unknown Tuesday, was found on the sidewalk in the 2600 block of Third Street about 8:30 p.m., NOPD spokesman officer Frank Robertson said.

The man was stabbed multiple times, and paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene, Robertson said.

Police did not immediately have any information on a suspect or motive.

Mandeville police probe burglaries

One man accused in a rash of car burglaries in Mandeville is in custody while his alleged accomplice remains on the run.

Mandeville police allege Davion Norman, 21, of Mandeville, and Joshua Douglas, 21, of Madisonville, burglarized several cars overnight Thursday, MPD spokesman Lt. Gerald Stickler said.

Police began to receive reports Friday morning about the burglaries in the 2400 and 2500 blocks of Monroe Street, in addition to several intersecting streets, Stickler said. Officers eventually responded to 11 burglary calls and one vehicle theft.

The stolen vehicle had OnStar installed, and officers found it in a rural area off La. 22 just inside of Tangipahoa Parish, Stickler said.

A deputy found Norman and Douglas inside of the vehicle. Norman was arrested and booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on possession of stolen property charges and is awaiting extradition back to St. Tammany.

Douglas, who has previous arrests for disturbing the peace, ran away. A warrant has been obtained for Douglas’ arrest, Stickler said.

Stickler said that the burglars took more than $1,000 in electronic devices and tools from the vehicles. Several of those items were found inside the stolen vehicle, linking the men to the burglaries, he said. Stickler said all of the vehicles were unlocked.

A search of Norman’s home turned up more stolen property, Stickler said.

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Danny Monteverde