New Orleans area police reports for Dec. 29, 2012

Coroner identifies shooting victim

A 28-year-old man found dead on Thursday afternoon was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Friday.

Dementrius Adams, whose last known address was in Houston, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the body near the intersection of North Dorgenois and St. Ann streets on Thursday afternoon. Police were called out to the location around 4:20 p.m. and found Adams in the street. Attempts to contact the victim’s family were unsuccessful on Friday.

No motive or suspects have been released in Adams’ death or in the killing of an unidentified 23-year-old man in the 1800 block of North Rocheblave Street. That victim’s identity has not been released.

Teenager booked
in more burglaries

A New Orleans teenager already accused of committing nearly two dozen vehicle burglaries and auto thefts in Old Metairie has now been accused of nearly a dozen similar crimes in Harahan.

Mario Marrero, 18, was booked on Thursday with nine counts of simple burglary and two counts of auto theft after Harahan police detectives interviewed him on Dec. 21. Marrero was already in custody after he was accused of participating in a string of burglaries in Old Metairie earlier this month by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

According to an arrest report, Harahan police found fingerprints that linked Marrero to several similar crimes in their city and questioned him about them. Marrero provided some information but was not fully cooperative, according to the report.

Deputies: Woman shot at three men

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 46-year-old woman Thursday after authorities say she fired multiple warning shots at three men she thought looked suspicious.

Shirley Smith was arrested in the 200 block of Deckbar Avenue, and deputies say they found a black revolver in her coat pocket. Nearby residents reported hearing gunshots, and when deputies arrived they found Smith on the scene. She acknowledged firing the shots and said she saw three men walking through the apartment complex parking lot that she deemed suspicious. No one was injured in the incident, and Smith was booked with illegal carrying of a weapon and illegal use of a weapon.

Police arrest man accused of cruelty

A Kenner girl’s father is in custody after her grandmother accused the father of abusing the child on Thursday.

Kenner police arrested Bernardo Rivera, 32, at his home, after the child’s grandmother told authorities she saw him beat and kick the girl and discovered bruises on the child’s body. An arrest report did not list the girl’s age but did note that her father flew into a rage on Thursday when she accidentally broke some Lincoln logs she was playing with. Rivera was booked with cruelty to a juvenile.

Police seek suspect in store robbery

A local wireless phone and electronics store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon, and New Orleans police are searching for a suspect.

The incident was reported in the 3300 block of Bienville Street around 1:10 p.m. Police say an armed man entered the business, demanded cash and then fled on foot with the money.

Police: Woman stole boots at gunpoint

Police are searching for a 17-year-old woman they say robbed an acquaintance at gunpoint as the two of them were walking down the street in Algiers.

Lydia Boatner is being sought for armed robbery after the incident near the intersection of DeArmas Street and Elmira Avenue early Friday morning. According to police, the victim said that Boatner forced her to take off her boots at gunpoint after the two of them had been walking. No one was injured in the incident.

These briefs were compiled by Allen Powell II. He can be reached at apowell@theadvocate.com.