New Orleans area police reports for Feb. 26, 2013

Officer recovering; suspect still sought

New Orleans police said an officer who was shot Saturday when he interrupted an armed robbery is still in intensive care but recovering from his wounds.

Officer John Passaro was shot several times, possibly in the shoulder or neck, when police said he stumbled upon an armed robbery at a store in the 1100 block of Poland Avenue. Passaro has been in intensive care, but police spokeswoman Remi Braden said he’s in good spirits.

Police still are searching for the masked gunman who was last seen fleeing toward downtown New Orleans. Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case.

Two shot Sunday
in separate incidents

New Orleans police are investigating two shootings Sunday evening that left two men injured.

The most serious incident was reported shortly after 1 p.m. in the 3300 block of Toledano Street.

Police were called to the area because of shots fired but couldn’t find a victim. They later learned that a 26-year-old man had been shot multiple times and then drove himself to a nearby hospital.

About seven hours later, police were called to the intersection of Pauger and North Villere streets.

Police said a 23-year-old man reported that he was walking in the area when a gray vehicle drove alongside him and several people opened fire on him. The man was shot once in the back.

Teen claims robbery by passengers in car

New Orleans police are looking for two men who robbed and carjacked a 15-year-old boy Saturday night.

The incident was reported shortly before 8 p.m. in the 4500 block of Stemway Drive, according to police. The teenager said he picked up two men he knew only by their first names and gave them a ride.

But at some point, the men pulled a gun on the teenager, forced him from the vehicle and drove off, police said.

No other details on the incident were released.

Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

A Gretna woman was arrested Saturday after authorities said she stabbed her boyfriend in the head during an argument at their home.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Javon Wiley, 21, in the 1800 block of Hector Avenue, which is just outside the Gretna city limits.

According to an arrest report, Wiley and her boyfriend were arguing when Wiley grabbed a steak knife and stabbed him in the head. Police said she told them she felt threatened during the argument and was just defending herself.

Wiley was booked with aggravated battery.

Woman, 30, booked
in child desertion

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked a woman accused of shoplifting at a Harvey Wal-Mart to get supplies to make meth with child desertion because authorities said she left her preschooler at home alone to commit the crime.

Kristi Lynn Bergeron, 30, was booked with creation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab last week when a deputy noticed that many of the supplies she was allegedly shoplifting could be used to make the drug.

According to an arrest report, Bergeron was arrested on the child desertion charge later that same day because police discovered that she left her young son at home for hours to get the supplies. The boy was discovered alone by another relative.

Bergeron also told authorities that she was told to steal the supplies by Benjamin Stolz, 23, of Harvey, who was creating the lab. Stolz also was booked with creation of a clandestine lab.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau