New Orleans-area police briefs for April 20, 2013

Sheriff: Man admits
to stabbing brother

A 60-year-old Metairie man told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office that he stabbed his brother in the chest Thursday because he was worried he would be attacked later.

Gary Turner was booked with aggravated second-degree battery in the incident, which left his brother with a knife wound only an inch from his lung, according to an arrest report.

The report states that Turner stabbed his brother once in the chest while the victim watched television. Turner said he and his brother weren’t fighting, but he was worried that an attack was coming.

Police arrest four men in shooting on I-10

New Orleans police arrested four men, including two brothers, after authorities say they shot at a woman who was driving on Interstate 10 on Wednesday.

Antonio Stevenson, 22; Steven Darby, 19; Darrion Hubbard, 21; and Brian Stevenson were booked with aggravated assault by drive-by shooting, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Antonio Stevenson also was booked with being a felon in possession of a weapon.

According to court records, the man staked out the victim’s home for several days because of a prior disagreement with her ex-boyfriend. The woman told police the men then fired on her car near the North Claiborne exit on Wednesday.

Police were able to capture the subjects after they followed the woman to a police station and were stopped in Tré mé . According to a report, police recovered two guns in their vehicle.

Woman booked when
fight ends with gunfire

Police booked a 48-year-old woman with four counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated criminal damage after authorities say she brought a gun to a fight one of her daughters had in Algiers.

Bookerrena Craft was arrested on Tuesday, according to court records. The records state that Craft showed up at a fight one of her daughters was having at 13 Shepard Court. Craft is accused of pulling out a gun but being unable to fire it. Another of her daughters grabbed the weapon from her and opened fire, the report states.

Craft and her relatives fled the scene but later returned and were arrested by police, the report says.

Police are searching for one of Craft’s daughters and a man who also allegedly fired gunshots in the incident.

Man booked after drugs found at home

A multijurisdictional task force arrested a New Orleans man Thursday after authorities say they found large amounts of marijuana, crack, cocaine and heroin at the man’s home.

Branden Lavallais, 24, was booked with several narcotics charges after investigators with the West Bank Major Crimes Taskforce searched his home and found more than a kilogram of marijuana, 4 ounces of crack cocaine, nearly an ounce of powder cocaine, prescription pills and some heroin, authorities said.

Investigators also arrested Dominique Polk, 24, after she was found at the home in the 1100 block of South Salcedo Street.

Polk and Lavallais were booked with cruelty to a juvenile because a 2-year-old girl was at the home.

Police identify suspect in $200,000 theft

A New York “traveling criminal” has been identified as the main suspect in a vehicle burglary in Gretna that netted thieves $200,000.

Gretna Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana said police believe Carlos Felix-Rivera worked with an accomplice to the steal the cash from a lock box in a vehicle parked at a strip mall near the intersection of Gretna Boulevard and Belle Chasse Highway.

Police identified Felix-Rivera as a suspect after determining he had been following the victim in a van they traced up the eastern seaboard after the crime, Christiana said. Detectives had interviewed Felix-Rivera in New York but held off on arresting him until they gathered more evidence.

Police used a variety of cameras and information from other law enforcement agencies to zero in on Felix-Rivera as a suspect, Christiana said.

Felix-Rivera has a prior conviction for theft in Gretna from 2001, and Christiana said he has committed crimes all across the country. Christiana said police are still trying to identify a second man seen on tape participating in the theft.

Marrero man booked in attack on woman

Investigators have booked a 26-year-old Marrero man with aggravated battery after authorities say he broke into a woman’s home in December and pepper-sprayed her in the face.

Joel Arabie was arrested Thursday by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Arabie broke into the 78-year-old victim’s home in Lafitte to steal her medication and cash, an arrest report says. At the time of the incident, Arabie was the main suspect because he previously dated the victim’s granddaughter.

Woman arrested after she crashes car in park

Harahan Police arrested a 49-year-old woman Wednesday night after authorities say she crashed into a bench and pilings at one of the city’s parks.

Avia Paquay was arrested after a witness removed her car keys when she tried to escape down Wilson Street in Harahan, according to an arrest report.

The report says that Paquay tried to make her getaway after running a stop sign and crashing into a bench in the middle of the park. Paquay did not have any alcohol in her system but admitted to taking medication that day. She was booked with driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and hit-and-run driving. The crash happened when the park was closed.

Church secretary accused of stealing

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office booked Trinette Johnson with theft on Friday in connection with the theft of $101,872 from the Greater Mount Oliver Missionary Baptist Church since 2006.

Johnson, 39, surrendered to investigators after she was notified there was a warrant for her arrest, said Steve Cannizaro, a sheriff’s spokesman. Cannizaro said that the church realized the money had been stolen after an outside audit of the church’s finances.

Police say man shot after botched robbery

A 44-year-old man was shot Thursday night as he walked near the edge of the Warehouse District, police said.

The man was near the corner of Calliope and Carondelet streets about 9:45 p.m. when an armed man walked up to him. The gunman demanded the victim’s money, at which point the victim heard a gunshot, police said.

The victim walked to the 700 block of Howard Avenue before he realized he had been shot, police said.

No description of the gunman was available.

East New Orleans man
carjacked at home

A man was car-jacked in front of his eastern New Orleans home late Thursday, police said.

The victim was getting out of his car in front of his home in the 13200 block of Willowbrook Drive about 11:30 p.m. when a man walked up to him and demanded the car.

The victim gave the man the car, and the carjacker drove away.

Police did not provide a description of the carjacker.

Police: Two robbed
in CBD early Friday

Two men were robbed at gunpoint early Friday in the Central Business District, police said.

The 26- and 27-year-old victims were walking in the 800 block of Commerce Street about 4:20 a.m. when two armed men walked up to them from behind.

The robbers demanded the victims’ money, which they handed over. The robbers then ran away with the victims’ cash and credit cards.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau