New Orleans area police briefs for March 27, 2013

Melvin L. Hendricks
Melvin L. Hendricks

Coroner IDs teen killed in 7th Ward

A 15-year-old boy fatally shot in the 7th Ward on Monday afternoon was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office on Tuesday.

Ralphmon Green died at a local hospital after being shot in the 2100 block of Allen Street, according to police. Authorities said Green was standing outside an apartment building with some other people when a group of teenagers walked up and opened fire. Green was shot multiple times.

Shooting leaves 16-year-old wounded

Police are searching for clues in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy shortly before 6 p.m. Monday.

The incident was reported at 5:54 p.m. near the intersection of Hamburg Street and Lafreniere Street. Police said the victim was standing there when three men walked up to him and began shooting.

The teen was shot in the side and was listed in stable condition Monday evening.

Man, 19, shot while sitting inside home

A 19-year-old man was shot through the walls of the home where he was sitting Monday night.

Police said the incident was reported at 9:48 p.m. in the 2900 block of Dumaine Street. The victim said he was sitting in his home when an unidentified man began shooting through the walls. The victim was shot twice in the shoulder but was listed in stable condition on Monday.

Police say man
nabs wife from hotel

A love triangle erupted in violence Tuesday after a man burst into a Gentilly motel to kidnap his wife.

Police reported that Melvin Hendricks forced his way into a hotel room in the 5000 block of Chef Menteur Highway where his wife was staying with a 29-year-old man around 3:13 a.m. Police said Hendricks was armed with a gun and knife and fought with the man who was with his wife.

Hendricks then managed to force his wife into a waiting car and fled on Chef Menteur Highway, police said.

Police have labeled the incident an aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping.

Bart pays for revamp of police station

New Orleans police held a news conference Tuesday to thank local lawyer Morris Bart for paying to renovate the bathrooms and locker rooms at the NOPD’s Second District Station.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and Second District Commander Paul Noel both showered Bart with praise for his donation. Police received new equipment and remodeled several rooms thanks to Bart.

“We’re very grateful to Mr. Bart,” Serpas said.

Noel said he met with Bart last year to discuss problems at the station, and the well-known lawyer pledged his support.

Bart said police give so much back to residents, he was glad to be able to give a little back.

“It’s my pleasure to do this for the Second District,” he said.

Felon back in jail after shooting self

A Marrero man with multiple prior convictions is back in jail after police said he shot himself by mistake Sunday and then tried to blame someone else.

Tracey Hogan, 26, was booked with false swearing to public health, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

According to an arrest report, Hogan shot himself once in the leg in front of his home on Haydel Drive with a gun he found on the street.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Hogan initially told police he’d been shot by an unknown man. But when investigators examined his wound and his vehicle, they determined this wasn’t plausible.

Hogan later confessed to making the story up, and deputies located the stolen weapon that he used to shoot himself, the report stated.

Avondale man, 29, booked in battery

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked an Avondale man with two counts of aggravated assault and simple battery after officials said he beat his girlfriend and threatened to shoot her Sunday.

Dwayne Lewis, 29, was arrested Sunday in the 300 block of Coretta Drive in Avondale. Police said Lewis was beating his girlfriend when her aunt tried to intervene.

Lewis, who was armed with a gun, allegedly threatened to kill that woman and his girlfriend before ultimately fleeing the scene.

Compiled by Allen Powell II, New Orleans bureau