New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 19, 2013

Two homicide suspects arrested

Police have arrested two men they say shot and killed a 28-year-old man in the Lafitte area last month.

Blake Ricks, 23, and Rashad Bakewell, 24, were both booked with second-degree murder this week. Police say they shot Dementrius Adams at the intersection of St. Ann and North Dorgenois streets on Dec. 27. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas noted that both men had lengthy arrest histories.

Shooting victim booked in prior case

A 22-year-old man accused of opening fire on another man earlier this month was booked with attempted murder and other charges by New Orleans less than a week after he was shot himself.

Carlos Jackson was booked with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated criminal damage to property Wednesday. Jackson is accused of shooting an unidentified man in the back near Clematis Street on Jan. 8. However, Jackson’s arrest comes after he was shot himself Jan. 13 near Clematis and Wisteria streets. Police already charged two women, Shari Parker and Stacy Wilson, with being accomplices in the shooting, and according to court records, Wilson led police to Jackson.

Shooting victim IDs suspect in lineup

A New Orleans man shot multiple times in the chest Tuesday not only survived the incident but helped police make an arrest in the case.

Police arrested Ciontray Campbell, 19, on Wednesday and booked him with aggravated battery. Investigators say Campbell shot a 21-year-old man several times near Delachaise and South Liberty streets around 1:30 p.m. The victim identified the shooter by the nickname “Booma,” and detectives were able to connect Campbell to the incident. The victim then picked Campbell out of a photo lineup, police said.

Man accused in shooting after fight

A New Orleans teenager was arrested Thursday after police say he shot at a man earlier this month for fighting with the suspect’s younger brother.

Newman Hooker, 19, was booked with aggravated assault and aggravated criminal damage to property in connection with a shooting in the 2600 block of Bayou Road on Thursday. Police say Hooker and several other men went the wrong way down a one-way street so that Hooker could perform a drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the incident.

Thousands stolen from bank account

A Kenner man was booked with bank fraud Thursday after Kenner police say he stole more than $8,000 from an elderly woman’s bank account.

Marlon Underwood, 39, also was booked with theft in excess of $1,500. Police say he gained an elderly woman’s account information and then created several dummy accounts at a local bank. An arrest report says Underwood then transferred money and withdrew it.

Police: Mom hit kid out of anger at father

A Mid-City mother was arrested Wednesday after police say she hit her toddler son in the face with a wireless phone because she was mad at the boy’s father.

Victoria St. Clair, 20, was booked with cruelty to a juvenile and has since been released from custody. According to court records, St. Clair split her 1-year-old son’s lip with her phone and told him she hated him. She also sent an angry text and a picture of the boy’s injuries to his father and told the father that if he didn’t behave, the boy would be hurt more.

The father reported the incident to police, who arrested St. Clair. She admitted to becoming angry and hitting the boy.

Woman booked with human trafficking

A Texas woman has been booked with human trafficking after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says she and her pimp forced two Terrebonne Parish girls to work as prostitutes in Metairie and Houston hotels.

Alison Taylor, 24, of Kingwood, Texas, also was booked with trafficking in children for sexual purposes and remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bond.

According to an arrest report, Taylor met two runaways from Schriever last summer when they became stranded in New Orleans. She recruited the teenagers for her pimp “Juan,” who had them working as prostitutes at a Metairie hotel.

The arrest report states Taylor and her pimp then brought the girls to Houston, where they worked as well. When the runaways tried to leave, Juan threatened them, and they became scared after seeing him beating Taylor, the report states.

Three teens booked in burglary of home

Three Harvey teenagers were booked with burglary Thursday after they were caught breaking into a home, police said.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Lawson, 18; James Cheatteam, 18; and an unidentified 16-year-old boy after deputies spotted them burglarizing a home through a window. Deputies say the teens tried to elude capture by fleeing the home or hiding in a closet but were apprehended without incident.

Man booked after sale of ex-boss’s property

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man Thursday after authorities say he sold some of his former employer’s property on eBay after losing his job.

Malcolm Hughes III, 33, was booked with theft of $1,500 or more.

According to an arrest report, Hughes worked for Nautisk Forlag, a Metairie nautical chart making company, but recently lost his job. His former co-workers noticed several items missing from the office, then they were discovered for sale on eBay. When questioned by detectives, Hughes admitted to the thefts and said he’d “fallen on hard times.”

Man shot while walking down street

Police are searching for the culprit in a Thursday night shooting that left one victim wounded.

The shooting was reported in the 7900 block of Olive Street around 7:15 p.m. The victim told police he was walking when he heard gunfire and started running. When he arrived home he realized he’d been shot in the buttocks.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau.