New Orleans Police and Fire Briefs for April 15, 2013

Man dies after shot
in River Ridge

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal shooting Sunday morning at Providence Lane and Corwin Drive in River Ridge, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Officers were dispatched at around 11:45 a.m. and found a 30-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Col. John Fortunato said in a news release. The man died later at a hospital.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Fortunato said.

Investigators found a number of spent shell casings in the area where the victim was found, Fortunato said.

Deputies have no known suspects or motive at this time, Fortunato said.

Anyone with information about the shooting may contact deputies at (504) 364-5300 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111.

Motorcyclist dies after truck collision

A 52-year-old man died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon at Fourth Street and Ames Boulevard in Marrero, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Lawrence Nasser, 52, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Fourth Street when a westbound pickup driven by Mario Martinez, 29, turned into his path, Col. John Fortunato said.

Nasser died Sunday afternoon after he was taken to a hospital Saturday in critical condition, Fortunato said.

Martinez, 616 West St., Westwego, originally was booked on one count each of driving while intoxicated, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, failure to yield, no driver’s license and operating a vehicle without a lawful presence in the United States.

Martinez will be rebooked with one count of vehicular homicide, Fortunato said.

The vehicle Martinez was driving was a Ford F-150 registered in Texas, which he claimed belonged to “a friend of a friend,” Fortunato said.

Kenner man killed
in interstate pileup

A 50-year-old man died at around 2 a.m. Sunday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 at Cleary Avenue in Jefferson Parish, a State Police spokeswoman said.

Mauricio Vega, of Kenner, was examining his 2002 Toyota Camry after it stalled in the left lane of I-10 east because of mechanical issues, Trooper First Class Melissa Matey said in a news release.

Erik Francois, 19, of LaPlace, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the left lane and tried to avoid Vega’s Toyota by steering left, Matey said.

Francois’ Chevrolet struck the rear of the Toyota and Vega, and pushed the Toyota toward the left center lane, Matey said.

Edward Wiggins, 44, of Charlotte, N.C., was driving a 2009 Freightliner tractor trailer in the left center lane when, in an attempt to avoid the Toyota, he swerved onto the left shoulder and struck the rear of the Toyota and Chevrolet, Matey said.

Vega was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

Wiggins was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Matey said. Francois did not suffer any injuries.

Troopers are awaiting toxicology results for Vega following an autopsy, Matey said.

A chemical test showed there was no alcohol in Francois’ system, Matey said. Troopers are awaiting State Police Crime Lab test results of a blood sample from Wiggins.

The crash remains under investigation, Matey said.

Man with umbrella robs pair at gunpoint

New Orleans police are looking for a man who robbed two people early Sunday in the 200 block of Girod Street.

The victims told police they were waiting under an overhang in the 200 block of Girod when a man approached them just after 1 a.m., the release says.

The man pointed a handgun at them and said, “Give me all you got,” the release says.

The man took one victim’s purse and the other victim’s wallet before running toward Commerce Street, the release says.

The suspect is described as a 50-year-old black man, about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a stocky build, the release says.

The man had a small goatee and mustache that may have had silver and grey patches, the release says. He had short hair and was wearing a black button-down shirt and black pants.

The man also was carrying a red umbrella, the release says.

Anyone with information may contact police at (504) 658-6707 or CrimeStoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111. People can also contact Detective Michael Flores at mflores@nola.gov.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau