Police briefs

Coroner IDs body
found in St. Bernard

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man whose body was found buried in a remote part of St. Bernard Parish, and the man’s death has been ruled a homicide by beating.

Jeffrey Wayne Bonck Sr., 53, was found buried about 75 yards from Florissant Highway in St. Bernard Parish on Tuesday. Police believe Bonck was beaten to death in New Orleans and then taken to eastern St. Bernard Parish to be buried.

Bonck was first reported missing last summer and was last seen in eastern New Orleans. His last known address was in Metairie. Police are questioning someone in the case, and an arrest could be forthcoming.

Police arrest man in carjacking, shooting

Police have arrested a man with a lengthy police record and accused him of wounding a Garden District man during a high-profile carjacking last year.

Byron Johnson, 20, is accused of shooting the 51-year-old man in the chest while trying to steal his Cadillac in the 3400 block of Camps Street on Oct. 2. Police believe Johnson was with two accomplices who have not been identified, but police say additional arrests are expected.

The victim was sitting in his driveway when three men approached him and shot him before entering his home and stealing several items. Police say they recovered some of the victim’s belongings at Johnson’s eastern New Orleans home.

Johnson was booked with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, possession of stolen property and auto theft. Johnson has more than a dozen felony arrests and several misdemeanor arrests for weapons and narcotics violations.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas expressed outrage that Johnson has consistently avoided lengthy jail time.

“This suspect’s record, with multiple illegal firearm charges — including his arrest just last September, which was just a month before the Camp Street shooting — is nothing less than reprehensible,” Serpas said in a statement.

Woman, 18, booked
in March shooting

A local woman has been accused of killing a man in eastern New Orleans last spring after a witness finally provided police with crucial information this year.

Shawayne Sanders, 18, was booked with second-degree murder Wednesday in the March 30 shooting of Jose Preseason, 39. Presieado was shot in the 6800 block of Cindy Place as he sat in his car.

Police say that a witness recently told Det. Darryl Doucette that Sanders was responsible for the shooting, and she was arrested.

Sanders’ only prior convictions are for misdemeanor offenses.

Wednesday shooting victim identified

A man killed in Algiers on Wednesday afternoon was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Thursday.

Jerry Hooker, 21, died from gunshot wounds he received in the 800 block of Belleville Street shortly after 5 p.m., Chief Investigator John Gagliano said.

Police found Hooker lying on the porch of a home after they were called to the scene. No motive or suspects have been released in the incident.

Police: Man admits
to raping daughter

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Harvey father after authorities say the man admitted to having sex with his teenage daughter at a West Bank motel.

The 18-year-old girl told a counselor at her school that her 41-year-old father brought her to the motel on Wednesday and forced her to have sex.

The girl said she did not resist him because she was scared that he would kick her out of her home. Police followed up on the girl’s report and found physical evidence to corroborate her account, Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman, said.

When investigators questioned the man, he admitted to having sex with the girl but claimed it was consensual. The man has prior arrests for theft and fraud.

Armed robber forces his way into home

Two local men said that an armed robber forced his way into their home Wednesday afternoon.

The incident was reported at about 5:11 p.m. in the 1800 block of Robert Street.

The victims said the unknown man brandished a weapon and forced his way into the home. He told the two men to lie on the floor and demanded money. He eventually fled the residence empty-handed.

Nephew stabs uncle
during argument

A 40-year-old man told New Orleans police that an argument with his nephew Wednesday night ended with him being stabbed.

Police say the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Pauline Street and Urquhart Street.

The victim and his nephew were arguing over money when the nephew pulled out a knife and stabbed the man in the shoulder.

Police did not release any other information on the incident.

Public’s help sought in finding thief

Crimestoppers New Orleans is asking for the public to submit any tips they have on a man who stole 275 bus passes from a local high school earlier this month.

The incident was reported Feb. 17 at the ReNew Accelerated High School on Laurel Street.

According to security cameras, the unknown man walked through several areas of the school stealing a smart phone, the bus passes and a number of juice drinks.

The man is described as about 5-foot-10, 180 pounds and appears to be in his 20s. He was wearing a gray jacket with a hood, gloves and jeans.

Student booked with
drug possession

A John Ehret High School student was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he was conducting drug transactions on campus.

Craig Neal, 17, was booked with possession of a Schedule Two substance with intent to distribute.

Authorities say they got a tip that Neal was making drug deals on campus. When a school detail officer searched Neal’s book bag, he found several bags of marijuana.

Deputies: Burglar
dropped loot, caught

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies say they caught a Harvey man as he came out of a home he burglarized on Wednesday, shortly after he dropped $3,000 in loot.

Terrence Mitchell, 24, was booked with simple burglary, illegal possession of stolen items, resisting arrest, possession of tools for crime, simple criminal damage and battery of a police officer.

According to an arrest report, police saw Mitchell come out of the front door of a home on Nathan Kornman Drive in Harvey after responding to a report of a burglary in progress.

When Mitchell saw deputies, he started running, eventually dropping a duffel bag before hopping several fences, the report said. Investigators eventually found stolen property in that bag, the report stated.

Mitchell was caught after a brief pursuit that also involved a tussle with deputies, the report said.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau