New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 11, 2012

Woman, 23, booked
in murder attempt

A women accused of shooting at two men after first trying to sell them drugs last year was booked with attempted murder by New Orleans police on Friday.

Thelma “T-Mal” Banks, 23, was booked with attempted second-degree murder after police say she shot a man five times last Christmas. Banks is being held on $350,000 bond.

According to court records, police arrested Banks on an unrelated charge and when running her name through the system, found she was wanted for the shooting.

In that incident, two men say they were at a lounge in the 1500 block of Basin Street when Banks approached them offering to sell some narcotics.

The two men declined the offer, but Banks became agitated because she felt the men were flirting with her girlfriend, the records say.

Banks apparently warned the two men and displayed a gun. When one of the men asked if she was going to shoot him, the records say she pulled out the weapon and fired five or six times. The victim was shot in the stomach, chest and arm but survived.

Bourbon St. shooting suspect, 23, arrested

A 23-year-old New Orleans man has been booked with aggravated battery and aggravated assault after police say he fired several shots at a Bourbon Street balcony on Sunday and wounded one woman.

Rashad Barnes was booked with aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and illegal use of the weapons, which was reported at the Astor Crown Hotel in the 100 block of Bourbon Street. One woman sustained a graze wound to the arm in the shooting.

Police said that Barnes pulled up outside the hotel around 2:15 a.m., got out of his vehicle and placed a gun on the roof, according to court records.

Two men who knew Barnes were at the hotel, and one of those men went down to speak to him.

That man said that as he walked up to the car, Barnes put the gun back inside the vehicle.

However, as the man turned to walk away, Barnes fired off multiple shots at the balcony, police said. He then sped away but was captured about a block away.

Tulane student, 21, accused of battery

New Orleans police arrested a Tulane student Friday after authorities say she cut a man’s throat during an argument last week.

Megan Wales, 21, was booked with aggravated battery after police say she cut a man’s throat during an argument in the 6500 block of Center Street on Dec. 4. Wales has since been released from custody on $2,500 bond.

According to court records, Wales and the 19-year-old victim were having an argument at an event at a home. The victim said that Wales became enraged during the discussion and said “Look kid, I will cut you.” The report said that Wales then grabbed the man by the face, shoved him against a fence and cut him across the throat. The victim required 10 stitches to close the wound.

Wales was arrested at her apartment on Broadway Street.

Metairie man booked in child desertion

A Metairie man was arrested Thursday after deputies say they found several young children in a home where both parents were high.

Timothy Tenhundfeld, 31, was booked with child desertion and possession of a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has since been released.

According to an arrest report, deputies came out to a home in the 600 block of Wilty Street after receiving a report of a drug overdose.

There they found Tenhundfeld incoherent along with an unidentified woman.

They also found four children, ages 1 to 12, the report stated.

Deputies found several dosages for carisprodol, which has the retail name of Soma. Authorities believe both of the children’s parents were high on the narcotic.

Woman booked in aiding molestation

Westwego police arrested a 59-year-old woman Thursday after authorities say she made a young girl hide her molestation.

Clarene Atchley was booked with being an accessory to child molestation. According to an arrest report, a young girl came to her and reported being molested by a family member. Instead of contacting police, Atchley told the girl that if she told anyone about the incident, the girl would likely end up in juvenile jail.

Police eventually arrested Alvin Atchley, 73, for molestation of a juvenile in connection with the incident, which the victim said occurred last December.

Robbery suspect identified by tattoo

Kenner police arrested a convicted felon after authorities say his distinctive forehead tattoo helped identify him as an armed robbery suspect.

Edward Pons, 26, was arrested Thursday after authorities say he robbed a convenience store in he 3400 block of Williams Boulevard just a half hour after making a purchase there.

According to an arrest report, a clerk recognized Pons’ tattoo of a cross between his eyes when police say he returned to the story with a large knife and his face covered.

Pons has a previous conviction for attempted armed robbery from 2010 and was on probation when the latest incident was reported.

Compiled by The New Orleans bureau