New Orleans area police and fire briefs for Nov. 22, 2012

Three men booked
on carjacking counts

New Orleans police say they arrested three carjacking suspects in Algiers after they stole the car hours earlier in eastern New Orleans.

Police said the incident began in the 6600 block of Morrison Road about 11 p.m. Tuesday. An unidentified victim said three men approached him armed with a gun while he was outside a bar. They told him to get out of his car and start running, and he complied. The men then stole the vehicle, but police were able to track it to Algiers using an electronic monitoring system.

When Fourth District officers found the vehicle, they tried to conduct a vehicle stop. However, the driver led police on a short chase that ended with him crashing into a tree and another vehicle near Woodland Highway and Brunswick Court. Police said three men ran from the vehicle into a nearby neighborhood. One of the men was caught immediately, while the others were found a short time later. Police booked Tyrone Johnson, 18, Raymond Lee, 27 and Keith Marrow, 22, with carjacking, armed robbery and possession of stolen things.

Man gets 5 years for selling meth, guns

A federal judge sentenced David Outlaw to five years in prison Wednesday for selling methamphetamine, illegal guns and counterfeit money.

Outlaw was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ivan Lemelle, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office. Outlaw sold the illegal items to undercover agents a year ago and had a previous conviction for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunitions.

Gretna woman gets probation in fraud

A Gretna woman received probation in federal court Wednesday for cashing her dead mother’s Social Security checks for 13 years.

Shirley Bunda, 76, received three years probation for theft of government funds, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s Office. Bunda also must pay $133,297 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Bunda was found guilty of stealing her dead mother’s Social Security checks from 1998 to 2011. The two women shared an account, and Bunda never notified the federal government of her mother’s death so that payments would stop.

She received a total of $173,297 as a result of the scam, and has repaid $40,000. The inspector general for the Social Security Administration investigated the case.

Police searching for crime scene tech

New Orleans police are searching for clues into the disappearance of a crime scene technician who has been missing since Sunday.

Police say Bryant Louis, 47, was last seen leaving his home in the 6300 block of Essex court about 4 p.m. Police have asked the Baton Rouge Police Department and other agencies to search for Louis, although they don’t suspect any foul play in his disappearance.

Louis is an African American, about 5 feet inches 8 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He was last seen driving a red 2004, Dodge Ram pickup with license plate W971803.

Police search for man in fake FEMA scam

A man who may be pretending to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to steal from the elderly is being sought by police after he fled a home Monday.

New Orleans police said that a man about 11 a.m. knocked on the door of an elderly woman’s home in the 1600 block of North Miro Street. The man claimed he worked for FEMA, and the woman allowed him into her home.

The man asked the 90-year-old victim to count the number of steps from her rear door to a backyard shed. While she was distracted, the man tried to steal her purse but was scared off when the victim’s sister confronted him. He fled on foot.

Police said they are looking for a black man, about 40 to 50 years old about 5 feet inches 2 tall with dark skin. He was wearing a baseball cap, khaki shirt and bluejeans.

Man sentenced to
5 years for drugs

A 23-year-old methamphetamine dealer was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday after he admitted to selling drugs to undercover DEA agents and informants.

Daniel Ziegler previously admitted that from September to December 2010 he sold the drugs at various locations in the French Quarter, Marigny and Warehouse District. Ziegler pleaded guilty after authorities promised not to seek a harsher sentence because of his previous convictions.

Police: Juveniles used BB gun in robbery

For the second time this week, New Orleans police accused a juvenile of using a BB gun to commit an armed robbery.

The incident happened Tuesday in the 8200 block of Earhart Boulevard at about 10:20 a.m., according to police. Two victims said they were standing outside when a group of youngsters approached them waving a BB gun and demanding one of the men’s baseball cap.

The victim refused, and the young person began fighting them to get the cap. The group of youths got away but were later captured. A 13-year-old suspect was arrested earlier this week after police said he used a BB gun in a home invasion and robbery.

Michoud warehouse destroyed by fire

A late-night fire destroyed a Michoud warehouse Tuesday, and it took firefighters three hours to get the blaze under control.

The fire was reported at NASA’s Michoud Facility at 8:21 p.m., according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a warehouse in the 13000 block of Old Gentilly Road.

They later discovered the building was being renovated, and large pallets of insulation inside the structure caught on fire. Twenty-one fire units and nearly 70 firefighters responded to the incident, but no injuries were reported.

Felon sentenced
for buying ammo

A 33-year-old Chalmette man was sentenced to four years in prison after federal agents caught him buying ammunition at a Kenner gun show.

Lee Everidge purchased the ammunition at the Great Southern Gun and Knife Show at the Pontchartrain Center in June, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office. Everidge already had a previous conviction for armed robbery and was barred from owning ammunition.

Teen arrested
in Buras lootings

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested another teenager in connection with a rash of lootings in Buras following Hurricane Isaac.

Aaron Hooker, 19, of Port Sulphur, admitted to 11 burglaries after DNA evidence connected him to one of the crimes, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman. Police were searching for Hooker since October and already arrested Cameron Glass, 18, an alleged accomplice in the incidents.

Investigators are still searching for Aaron Landry, 19, of Buras and an unidentified fourth individual in connection with the burglaries. Investigators believe Landry may be living in Houma. Police said the men stole items valued at a total of $100,000.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau