New Orleans area police and fire briefs for April 17, 2013

Bridge City murder suspect arrested

Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday who they say is responsible for killing an 81-year-old woman earlier this year in Bridge City.

Detectives booked Isaac Smith on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Doretha Richardson.

Richardson was found shot to death late Feb. 15 at her home in the 300 block of Fifth Street.

Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said on the night of Richardson’s murder, Smith showed up at Oschner Medical Center’s West Bank campus with a gunshot wound that he said he received in St. Charles Parish.

While doctors treated and released Smith, forensic evidence that investigators found at Richardson’s home linked Smith to the killing, Fortunato said. Fortunato did not specify what investigators found at Richardson’s home that connected Smith to the killing.

While investigators had a warrant for Smith’s arrest, they could not locate him until Tuesday, when they arrested him without incident at his home in the 700 block of Tricia Court in Westwego, Fortunato said.

Homicide Detective Travis Eserman is leading the investigation.

Man wounded in Gert Town shooting

Police are investigating a shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man Monday evening in Gert Town.

Police said the victim, whose name was not released, was standing outside of a home in the 1700 block of South White Street at about 5:45 p.m. when a silver vehicle drove up.

Two people inside the vehicle opened fire on him and hit him in the arm, leg and side.

The victim’s injuries were not serious, police said.

Police did not provide a description of the gunmen.

Robber targets man on corner in east N.O.

A man was robbed Monday evening on an eastern New Orleans corner, police said.

At about 6:50 p.m., the victim had stopped his car near Curran Boulevard and Mayo Road when an unknown man walked up and showed him a semiautomatic handgun he had in his waistband.

The robber told the victim to “give him what he had,” according to a daily police log.

The victim handed over his money, and the robber ran away, police said.

Police did not provide a description of the robber.

Man carjacked while cleaning vehicle

A man who was cleaning his car Monday night at a Gentilly car wash had the vehicle stolen from him, police said.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was vacuuming his 2007 Acura at the carwash in the 6100 block of Franklin Avenue at about 11:50 p.m. when a man walked up behind him and demanded the car.

Police said the man wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt during the carjacking. The car’s Louisiana license plate number is WMN 857.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.

Gang task force nabs five on drug counts

A special gang task force designed to reduce New Orleans’ violent crime problem announced its first indictment in federal court Tuesday.

The Multi-Agency Gang Unit said members arrested five New Orleans men suspected of selling drugs through a gang called “MMG” in the 7th Ward.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office announced the indictment of Thomas Hillard, 22; Christian Johnson, 23; Alex Lewis, 20; James Brown, 22; and Willie Hillard, 23, for distribution of crack cocaine and illegal possession of firearms.

The indictment had been sealed until Tuesday when the men were arrested, Boente’s office announced.

In the indictment, authorities accuse the men of distributing at least 280 grams, or 10 ounces, of crack cocaine and possessing several high-powered rifles. In comparison, a kilogram, typically the measure used for large-scale narcotics distribution, contains about 35 ounces.

If convicted, the men would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

Several law enforcement officials called the indictments a positive step in the gang unit’s work, which was announced last year.

Man booked with attempted murder

Police accused a 21-year-old local man of shooting an acquaintance during a drug deal in December.

Durel Langston was booked Monday with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, illegal carrying of weapons and discharging a weapon during a crime of violence.

According to court records, Langston met the victim near the intersection of North Derbigny Street and Montegut Street on Dec. 11. The records state that Langston robbed the victim of marijuana and shot him multiple times.

The victim was able to flee the scene on a bicycle.

Man hits police car, booked with DWI

A 44-year-old New Orleans man was arrested Sunday after authorities say he struck a police car that was stopped at an accident scene.

Alfredo Gamez was booked with driving while intoxicated, driving with no license and reckless operation of a motor vehicle by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to an arrest report.

The report states that Gamez struck the patrol vehicle as it was stopped at the eastbound exit at Terry Parkway on the West Bank Expressway handling a crash involving two school buses. The deputy had to scramble out of the way as Gamez plowed into the vehicle, the report said.

When the deputy checked Gamez’s blood-alcohol content, it tested at roughly double the legal limit for driving, the report said.

Three shot, wounded on West Bank corner

Three men were shot Tuesday evening in the Waggaman neighborhood on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The men were shot at 925 Stillwell Lane, a Sheriff’s Office news release says.

One man was in serious condition and two suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the release says.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the three men were standing on a street corner when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside the vehicle began firing at them.

Deputies did not have a description of the shooter or vehicle Tuesday night, Fortunato said. Anyone with information about the shooting may contact CrimeStoppers anonymously at (504) 822-1111.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau