N.O. Police Briefs for May 1, 2013

Police book accused child molester

Westwego - A 40-year-old Westwego man was booked with sexual battery Monday after he was accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl, according to a police report.

Don Johnson is accused of inappropriately touching the girl when she spent the night at his home last year. The girl told investigators that Johnson came into a room where she was sleeping and touched her, according to an arrest report.

Teenager accused of preying on tourists

New Orleans - New Orleans police say they arrested a 19-year-old woman Monday because they saw her preying on tourists in the French Quarter to get cash.

Ashley Mitchell was booked with theft, impersonating a police officer and pick-pocketing. According to court records, Mitchell was seen by undercover officers on Bourbon Street harassing a group of men by telling them she was a police officer and demanding they empty their pockets. The men refused and walked away.

According to the records, police followed Mitchell as she then approached another man outside of a hotel on Bienville Street. The report states that she grabbed that man and went through his pockets before running away with his money.

The victim told police the theft came after Mitchell offered him “sexual favors.” Mitchell was arrested after police caught her in a car with another man.

Woman accused of stabbing brother

New Orleans - An argument between a brother and sister over how to discipline a child led to a stabbing Monday, according to New Orleans police.

Police arrested Teyonda Noble, 26, and booked her with aggravated battery after authorities say she stabbed her brother at a home in the 2600 block of North Galvez Street. According to court records, Noble and her brother argued after the victim verbally disciplined Noble’s son. During the argument, the records state, Noble retrieved a kitchen knife and stabbed her brother in the arm. She fled the home before police arrived and was arrested later.

Water meter installer stabbed

New Orleans - Police say a 24-year-old Sewerage and Water Board employee was stabbed on the job Monday afternoon.

Police report that the incident happened shortly before 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Dreux Avenue and Francis Drive. The employee was installing a water meter when a man approached him and cut him with a knife, according to an incident log. Police said they believe the assailant suffered from a mental illness.

Victims robbed waiting for streetcar

New Orleans - Police are searching for a man who robbed three people while they waited for a streetcar on Canal Street Monday night.

According to a police report, the incident occurred shortly before 11:38 p.m. near the intersection of Canal Street and South Lopez. A 27-year-old man, 24-year-old woman and 21-year-old woman were waiting on the streetcar when a young man approached them on foot.

The report states the man implied he had a gun and demanded the victims throw their property on the ground.

After the victims complied, the man picked up the property and fled on foot.

Suspect arrested in April 12 robbery

Metairie - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has booked a 33-year-old man with armed robbery after authorities say he robbed a bank in Metairie.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman, said that Bruce Padilla, of Metairie, was arrested Monday when he came back to the city at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Fortunato said Padilla walked into a Metairie bank in the 7100 block of Veterans Boulevard, displayed a weapon and walked out with cash on April 12.

Detectives were able to identify Padilla with surveillance video footage. He confessed to the crime after his arrest, Fortunato said.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau