Police Briefs: St. Bernard Parish man booked in threat to circulate sex tape

Man, 21, accused of threats to use sex tape

When his underage girlfriend tried to break up with him, a 21-year-old Meraux man allegedly threatened to post an imaginary sex tape on the Internet.

The Violet teenager, whom he met on the Internet, told him she wanted to end their relationship, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office said. John Johnson Jr. then reportedly tried to scare her enough to change her mind: He told her he’d secretly recorded them having sex and would post the video on the Internet if she broke it off.

The teen told her mother, who reported the threat to the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff James Pohlmann said in a news release.

Johnson reportedly told a detective that no such tape existed — he only wanted to scare the girl into staying with him. He also allegedly confessed having met the girl on a social networking site last year and having sex with her.

He was booked with two counts of carnal knowledge for the admitted sex acts and with extortion for his alleged threatening to circulate the imaginary video.

He is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $75,000 bail.

Pohlmann used the incident to ask parents to monitor their children’s use of social networking sites and the friendships they form on the internet.

Man, 30, dies after SUV hits guardrail

A 30-year-old Lakeview man was killed Tuesday night after losing control of his SUV. He hit a guardrail, flipping the vehicle several times before being ejected.

The unidentified man, who died on the scene, was driving alone in a 2003 Toyota 4Runner west on Interstate 610 around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday. He lost control just before the St. Bernard Avenue off-ramp, the New Orleans Police Department said.

The NOPD said that the investigation is ongoing and blood and alcohol tests are pending. The coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Man trapped by fall of 1-ton concrete slab

A man who stopped to urinate alongside a Central City street ended up under a one-ton concrete slab early Wednesday morning for almost an hour. The slab fell over onto the man, pinning his legs into the mud below.

Just after 4 a.m. the New Orleans Fire Department was called about the man trapped beneath the slab near Toulouse and Dorgenois streets, just outside the Southern Scrap recycling facility.

Five units carrying 16 firefighters responded to the one-alarm call.

Rescue crews worked for 45 minutes, using airbags to lift the slab a foot-and-a-half off the ground so the man could be pulled from beneath the concrete.

The Fire Department determined that the man’s legs were saved by Tuesday’s heavy rain. The downpour had softened the ground, the department said, “causing the victim’s legs to be pressed into the mud as opposed to being crushed.” He suffered only a broken ankle.

Passer-by thwarts would-be robber

A man on a bicycle rode up behind a woman Wednesday morning, grabbed her by the shoulder from behind and spun her around to face him. He pointed a knife at her.

The woman dialed 911, and the dispatcher could hear the man demanding that she turn over her purse.

The woman screamed for help, and a person passing by chased the man away.

He was described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, slim, with a medium complexion and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Alleged robber wanted by police

Police are hunting for an unknown man connected to at least two overnight robberies last week.

The first was at 4:20 a.m. June 18, when a woman on the 900 block of Dauphine Street was outside her home, attempting to unlock her gate. A man in a white-and-gray striped shirt and jeans approached. She screamed for help. He pushed her to the ground, snatched her purse and fled.

Several days later, around 1 a.m. Sunday, a man was walking in the 800 block of Elysian Fields when a stranger in a camouflage cap approached and asked for a cigarette. The man said he didn’t smoke. The robber then pointed a gun at the man, demanded his property and fled the scene.

The robber, captured on a surveillance camera during the first robbery, is described as skinny around 5 feet 9 inches tall with a dark complexion.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau