New Orleans police and fire briefs for Dec. 28, 2012

Man shot to death
at N.O. intersection

New Orleans police are investigating a fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man that occurred at 4 p.m. Thursday at Saint Ann and North Dorgenois Street.

The victim, who has not been identified, died at the scene, Officer Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release. The victim was shot multiple times, Robertson said.

No motive is known, the release says.

Man found fatally shot in 7th Ward

At roughly the same time Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas was announcing the arrest of a man wanted for murder, another man was found shot to death Thursday in the 7th Ward.

Serpas was announcing the arrest of a final suspect in a brutal Algiers carjacking at 3 p.m., but police also were being called out to the 1800 block of North Rocheblave Street to investigate a shooting. That victim, who was not identified, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a driveway and died later at a local hospital. No motive or suspects were released in the shooting.

Man wounded
in home invasion

A 27-year-old New Orleans man was shot Wednesday night when several men burst into his home.

The incident was reported shortly before 11:45 p.m. in the 1800 block of Marais Street. Fifth District officers were called out after the man told authorities that four unidentified men forced their way into his home.

The victim said the men were all armed, and came inside when he answered a knock at the door. The victim said the men demanded money before shooting him in the hand. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and police are searching for the suspects.

Two shot outside
of N.O. business

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting outside of an eastern New Orleans business early Thursday morning that left a man and woman injured.

The incident was reported in the 4300 block of Downman Road outside of The Sports Café. The 31-year-old man and 27-year-old woman said they were standing outside of the business shortly after 3 a.m. when they heard multiple gunshots.

Both victims were struck in the legs and transported to a local hospital for treatment. No information was released on a motive or suspects in the incident.

Teen suspect sought in carjacking

New Orleans police are searching for a 18-year-old man accused of stealing a car at gunpoint at 6:12 p.m. Dec. 22 at Freret Street and Law Road in the University Area.

Frederick “Freddie” George entered the vehicle of a person who tried to pick him up and pointed a gun at the driver, who ran away, Officer Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release.

George left in the vehicle and abandoned it at South Robertson and Calhoun Street, the release says. George has no prior record, the release says.

Fire destroys boat, injures one man

An 18-foot fiberglass boat was destroyed during a fire in Lafitte on Thursday morning, and one man received minor injuries from the blaze.

The fire was reported at a boat launch near the Goose Bayou Bridge on Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte. Jean Lafitte Volunteer Fire Department Chief Linton Duet said firefighters were called out after three men said their vessel caught fire while they were changing a battery.

Duet said it appears the men were replacing the existing faulty battery shortly after refueling at a nearby fueling station. Duet thinks a spark from the battery may have ignited gasoline vapors, which began the blaze. Because of the boat’s composition, it was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at the scene and was destroyed.

“Fiberglass burns quick,” Duet noted. One of the men received minor facial burns, Duet said.

Police: Woman held in knife attack

A Gretna woman was arrested on Wednesday after police say she chased an unidentified man around an apartment complex with a knife.

Police were called out to the complex in the 900 block of Gretna Boulevard after receiving reports of a woman brandishing a knife. They found a door that had been kicked off its hinges and located Ashley Riggins, 19. Riggins was booked with aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.

Maid accused
of stealing jewelry

A Metairie woman is accused of cleaning out several home of jewelry and valuables after she was hired as a maid.

Kelley Jaye, 30, is accused of burglarizing at least three different homes of more than $7,000 in property over the past few months and then selling those items to a Metairie pawn shop. Jaye was booked with two counts of theft in excess of $1,500 and one count of theft between $500 and $1,500 Wednesday by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Homeowners contacted authorities after they noticed jewelry and other items missing after Jaye cleaned their homes. Some of them spoke to each other and realized they all had similar complaints.

When detectives questioned Jaye, she admitted to the thefts and said she pawned the merchandise at Metairie Scrap Gold. An employee of that business was recently arrested after authorities said he accepted stolen property in another incident.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau