Police seek people of interest in girl’s death
New Orleans police were seeking two more men Thursday evening who they believe might know something about the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Arabian Gayles and wounding of her cousin and another man earlier this month.
Police said they believe Romalis Williams, 20, and Ronell Martin, 17, might have information about the shooting.
The two turned themselves in at 6:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Neither man is considered a suspect.
Arabian and several other people were inside her home in the 1300 block of Gen. Ogden Street just after midnight Sept. 2 when, police believe, several people walked up and opened fire.
Arabian died several hours later at Interim LSU Public Hospital.
Her 11-year-old cousin and a 38-year-old man, who also were in the house, were treated for gunshot wounds and later released from the hospital.
Police previously spoke with Keith Ward, 33, another person of interest.
He has not been named a suspect in the case.
Police have not identified a motive in the shooting.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Williams or Martin is asked to call homicide Detective Barret Morton (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Girl, 15, raped Thursday in Gentilly, police say
A 15-year-old girl was raped early Thursday, New Orleans police said.
The rape happened about 12:06 a.m. in the 2600 block of Lavender Street in Gentilly, according to a daily police log.
Police did not provide any other information about the crime.
Kenner man, 29, charged with kidnapping, rape
A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted a Kenner man Thursday in the rape and kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl from a Fat City apartment complex in June.
Steven Carter, 29, allegedly abducted the girl while she was playing with other children near the pool in the Yorkshire Edenborn apartments in the 3400 block of Edenborn Avenue.
He then threw the child into his car and sped off, forcing her to perform oral sex on him as he drove, according to the arrest report.
About an hour later, the girl was found on the lawn of a stranger nearly 2 miles away, who called police.
“If you do what you are told, you will be back home fast,” Carter told the girl before forcing her into the sex act, according to the report.
An hour later, Carter let the girl out of the car in front of a home in the 900 block of West William David Parkway.
According to the arrest report, Carter said he did not know the girl and admitted he forced her to perform oral sex before he let her out of the car.
The case has been assigned to 24th Judicial District Court Judge Scott Schlegel.
Metairie man indicted in Terrytown slaying
A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted Antoine “Twan” Johnson on Thursday on one count of second-degree murder related to the April shooting of Aaron Roby.
Roby, who was found dead of gunshot wounds in the courtyard of his apartment building on Holmes Boulevard in Terrytown, was reportedly friends with Johnson’s girlfriend.
The police report indicated jealousy may have been a motive.
Postman pleads guilty to stealing stamps
A Covington man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to taking $600 in postal stamps while he was a letter carrier at a Metairie post office.
Michael Roig, 36, entered a guilty plea to embezzlement of mail matter in U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan’s court, U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said in a news release.
He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 4 and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
Roig was working for the post office on May 15, 2012, when he removed a package addressed to a Rouses Supermarket from a delivery bin that he recognized as containing postage stamps, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Postal Service agents confronted Roig after he opened the package, which contained more than $600 in stamps, and he admitted he intended to take the stamps.
The matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.
the New Orleans bureau