New Orleans Police and Fire briefs for June 21, 2013

Brian Sandoval
Brian Sandoval

Police: Man had sex with 14-year-old girl

A 26-year-old Kenner man was arrested Tuesday and accused of having sex with a runaway 14-year-old West Bank girl.

Kenner police pulled over Brian Sandoval for an expired brake tag and saw the girl in his passenger seat and used condoms on the car’s floor, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Police Department spokesman.

The girl told police she met Sandoval on a social media website and had chatted with him for about a year before he picked her up from her Harvey home Monday, McGregor said.

The girl said she spent the night at Sandoval’s home and had consensual sex with him.

McGregor said Sandoval admitted to police he had sex with the girl “numerous” times and knew her age.

Sandoval had 0.6 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession when he was arrested, McGregor said.

Police booked him with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sandoval was released from jail Thursday on an $11,000 bail, McGregor said.

Man shot to death on Gen. Ogden St.

A man was shot to death late Wednesday in Hollygrove, police said.

The victim, Arturo Armenta, 23, was in the 3900 block of Gen. Ogden Street when someone opened fire on him about 11 p.m., said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

Armenta was shot in the neck and died on the scene, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

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

Anyone with information about this homicide can call Detective Travis Ward at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two more arrested in extortion case

Mandeville police arrested two more employees of a Metairie moving company Thursday in an extortion investigation: sales manager Amanda Brown Neil, 30, of Metairie, and driver William F. Jeffrey Jr., 56, of Metairie.

Both were booked with one count each of extortion and unauthorized use of a movable.

Dunwoodie McDuffie, owner of Mr. Move, was arrested on the same charges Wednesday after police said a woman complained the company grossly inflated her bill after loading her possessions onto a truck, then withheld them.

Mandeville police said they believe Neil was responsible for initiating the transaction by luring the victim with a low estimate and Jeffrey was responsible for illegally holding the victim’s property in exchange for the inflated rate.

Both suspects were taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Armed robbery suspects arrested

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects in a string of armed robberies in a Harvey subdivision.

Robert Cooley, 17, and a 16-year-old boy were each booked Thursday on a count of armed robbery, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The two are suspected in at least five armed robberies in the past 10 days in the Woodmere subdivision, Boyd said.

The last robbery happened Tuesday in the 3800 block of Morriswood Drive. The victim of that robbery identified the suspects through a lineup, Boyd said.

In all of the cases detectives are investigating, the suspects have been described as two men between 15 and 23 with hairstyles from short Afros to twists to dreadlocks, Boyd said. The robbers’ heights have been described as being between 5 foot 2 inches and 6 feet.

In each case, the armed men wore either bandanas over their faces or ski masks and used semiautomatic pistols, Boyd said.

The investigation into the robberies continues. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office’s robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

N.O. East homicide victim identified

A man fatally shot earlier this week in New Orleans East has been identified as Isaiah Johnston, 19.

Johnston was found shot in the face in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 12100 block of the north Interstate 10 Service Road about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

He died at Interim LSU Public Hospital just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in Johnston’s death.

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the New Orleans bureau