New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 24, 2013

Police investigate three shootings

Police were investigated a double shooting in the 2700 block of 2nd Street late Wednesday and another shooting in the 1100 block of Newton Street.

The two victims in the 2nd Street shooting were a man, who was shot in the arm, and a woman who was shot in the abdomen.

The victim on Newton Street was a man, who was shot in the leg.

Two suspects sought in robbery at home

Police are searching for two men who bound three women and a man inside a New Orleans home Tuesday and robbed them of cash and a cellphone.

The incident was reported at about 10:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of St. Andrew Street, according to police.

Police said a 62-year-old woman, a 71-year-old man, a 35-year old woman and another woman were at the home when two men entered the home. The robbers taped the victims’ hands, took $200 from the man and an iPhone before fleeing the scene, police said.

Robbery victim says he owed man money

Police said a 34-year-old New Orleans man was robbed at gunpoint by an acquaintance to whom he owed money.

The victim told police that he was at home in the 7000 block of Lawrence Road in eastern New Orleans when a man he knew as “Bone” came by at about 2:15 p.m. to collect on a debt.

Once Bone got inside the home, the victim says that Bone pulled out a gun and demanded he hand over all of his money.

The victim said he gave Bone the $20 he already had planned to pay. He said Bone then fled the home.

Police: Man leaving argument shot in leg

An argument in a Gentilly home ended in a shooting Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

A 20-year-old man told police that he argued with an acquaintance at the man’s home in the 2200 block of St. Denis Street shortly before 3:45 p.m.

The man asked the victim to leave but then followed him outside and shot him in the leg, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle.

Stabbing suspect ends up at hospital

A 32-year-old New Orleans woman accused of stabbing another woman during a fight was the one who ended up in a hospital.

Latoya Marrero was booked with aggravated battery after police said she stabbed a 24-year-old woman multiple times in the 4500 block of Lynhuber Drive early Wednesday morning.

Police said Marrero and the victim were arguing when Marrero pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the victim several times. However, the victim was treated and released on the scene, while Marrero was taken to a local hospital complaining of chest pains.

Police seek help in finding missing girl

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 13-year-old girl who has been missing since she left for school a week ago.

Police are looking for Curnisha Dyer, who was last seen by her mother in the 2400 block of Music Street Jan. 9 as she was headed to Schaumberg School. Dyer has a prior history of running away, and her mother said she needs her medication. Dyer is 5’4”, slender and was last seen wearing a powder blue shirt and navy blue pants. She is known to wear a wig.

Suspect in gun battle with deputies dies

Antoine Tobias, a suspect in a Christmas Day gun battle involving St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputies, died Wednesday.

Tobias was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail Jan. 2 after being released from University Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries following the gun battle.

Tuesday night, Tobias told staff in the Jail Medical Clinic that he was having breathing issues, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Staff summoned an ambulance, but before it arrived, Tobias stopped breathing and became unresponsive, the sheriff’s office said.

Staff administered CPR, and Tobias appeared to be revived. He was taken by ambulance to St. Tammany Parish Hospital. At approximately 1:20 a.m., the sheriff’s office was notified that Tobias had died at the hospital.

An investigation into Tobias’ death has been initiated by the sheriff’s office and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office has scheduled an autopsy.

Tobias was being held in the jail on a $200,000 bond for one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.

Bystander hurt in shooting near school

Police arrested a man suspected of opening fire on teenagers who were making their way home from high school basketball game in Algiers Tuesday night.

Two teenagers were injured in the shooting, which happened about a block from L.B. Landry High School before 9:30 p.m. Witnesses said a man fired into the crowd.

A 17-year-old male was shot in the thigh, and a 17-year-old female sustained powder burns to the face and eyes because she was close to the gun.

Alvin Alvarez, 17, was arrested Wednesday by Fourth District police officers who identified him as a suspect after conducting interviews. He was arrested at a relative’s home in the 1900 block of Pace Boulevard.

He was booked with aggravated battery by shooting and negligent injury.

Police believe that he had an accomplice and are asked anyone with information to contact police of CrimeStoppers.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau