New Orleans-area crime briefs for April 9, 2013

Alicia January
Alicia January

Suspect sought in Terrytown robbery

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man investigators say is responsible for robbing a West Bank convenience store.

Authorities allege Rodney Tally Jr., 23, of New Orleans, robbed the Shell station at 455 Behrman Highway at about 8 p.m. April 1.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Glen Boyd said Tally walked into the store with a handgun and demanded money from the cash register.

While the robber wore a mask, crime scene technicians found a fingerprint that belonged to Tally, according to Boyd.

Anyone with information about Tally’s location is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s robbery division at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Police seek woman suspected in burglary

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a 37-year-old woman wanted in connection with a home burglary late last month.

Police allege Alicia January broke into a home in the 2000 block of St. Anthony Street and burglarized it on March 23.

Detective Michael Sinegar identified January as a suspect through “citizen cooperation” and witness tips, said officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

Flot said January might be responsible for other crimes in the neighborhood, though he did not specify what crimes those might be.

Anyone with information about January’s location is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Inmate booked in work release escape

Authorites said a 22-year-old inmate at the Orleans Parish jail skipped out on his scheduled work release job for a rendezvous with his girlfriend on Friday.

Terrell Tate was scheduled to work at the Praline Connection as part of the work release program, but despite being dropped off at the restaurant never showed up for work.

Authorities later determined that Tate caught the bus to the west bank, where he met his longtime girlfriend at a hotel. The woman told police about the encounter, adding that Tate has assured her it was OK, according to Magistrate Court records.

Tate was rebooked with aggravated/simple escape and is no longer in the work release program.

Bathroom video lands local man in jail

Police arrested a 39-year-old New Orleans man Saturday after authorities say he videotaped a 15-year-old boy in a bathroom stall.

Jermaine Alexander was booked with video voyeurism and possession of child pornography by New Orleans police. According to court records, Alexander flagged down a police officer downtown after complaining that several young men were trying to take his wireless phone.

When the officer investigated, the teenagers said Alexander had a video of one of them in a bathroom. The records state that the officer examined Alexander’s phone, where the officer found a video of the 15-year-old in a stall masturbating. The video ends abruptly when the boy notices someone filming him and leaves the bathroom, according to the records.

Kenner police say woman abused boy, 9

A New Orleans woman is accused of abusing a 9-year-old Kenner boy several years ago.

Sofia Malachias, 31, was booked with oral sexual battery on Thursday by Kenner police.

According to an arrest report, from 2007 to 2009, Malachias had oral sex with the boy when he was 9 years old. The abuse came to light during counseling sessions for the boy, police said.

Man robs Gert Town bar at gunpoint

A man robbed a Gert Town barroom at gunpoint Friday morning, police said.

The robber walked into the Broadway Street Bar in the 3000 block of Broadway at about 10:15 a.m., pulled a gun and demanded money from the cash register, according to a preliminary police log.

The owner gave the robber the cash, at which point the robber fled, police said.

Police did not provide a description of the robber.

Man robbed Saturday on edge of Tremé

A 39-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint Saturday afternoon on the edge of Tremé, police said.

The robbery happened at about 12:15 p.m. at North Claiborne and Esplanade avenues, police said.

The victim said a man walked up to him, pulled out a knife, grabbed his cash and ran away on foot.

Police did not provide a description of the robber.

Teenager is victim
of armed robbery

A teenage boy was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The 16-year-old victim told police he was walking on Broad Street near the corner of D’Abadie Street at about 2 p.m. when two men walked up to him.

One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded the boy’s property. The boy handed over his belongings, and the men ran away in opposite directions, police said.

Police did not provide a description of the men.

Man accused of
cutting stepfather, 70

A 70-year-old man was cut by his stepson during an argument Sunday afternoon in their Algiers home, police said.

According to a preliminary police log, the victim and his stepson were arguing at about 2 p.m. at their home in the 3500 block of Adrian Street when the stepson grabbed a knife and cut the victim’s hand.

The victim was brought to Interim LSU Public Hospital. His injury was not serious, police said.

Police did not release the stepson’s identity.

Play canceled after fire damages stage

Delgado Community College has suspended outdoor performances of “The Rocky Horror Show” after a fire Saturday damaged the stage at the college’s City Park campus.

According to Delgado spokesman Tony Cook, an electrical fire was to blame for the cancellation. Damage to the stage was “irreparable,” Cook said.

No one was injured during the fire, and no other damage to any campus buildings was reported, Cook said.

Classes at Delgado resumed Monday without issue, he said.

The college did not immediately say when performances of the play would resume.

Autopsy says man drowned in truck

A Hammond man who was reported missing last week after he drove his truck into a Plaquemines Parish canal drowned, according to autopsy results.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of Victor Manuel Navarro at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Commander Eric Becnel said.

Search crews found Navarro’s body just under the surface of the water, about 20 feet from the bank, and about 75 feet south of where his truck was recovered Friday.

While the autopsy has been completed, toxicology tests are still pending, Becnel said.

At about 11:57 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call about a single-car accident in the Myrtle Grove area. The caller, a friend of Navarro’s, told deputies that Navarro’s truck was driven into the water and that Navarro was missing.

Navarro was temporarily living in Plaquemines Parish for work, Becnel said.

Police find man shot in leg at intersection

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting Monday night that left a man wounded at the intersection of North Johnson and Painters Street, a police spokesman said.

Officers found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg, Officer Frank Robertson said in a news release. The victim was taken to a hospital.

No further information was available, Robertson said.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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the New Orleans bureau