Man accused of killing woman with car
Claude Samuels, allegedly drunk and enraged after an argument about infidelity, ran down a woman and her sister after he threatened the two with a knife this month, New Orleans police said in court documents.
After one of the women died four days later at the hospital, Samuels was arrested for her murder and the attempted murder of her sister.
Police said Samuels, 55, of New Orleans, was giving a ride to Catina Williams and some of her relatives on Sept. 8 when an argument began.
Williams, who was driving in an unsafe manner, parked the car in front of the Williams home in the 5100 block of Montegut Street in Gentilly about 9 p.m., pulled out a knife and threatened his passengers, police said.
After Williams pleaded with Samuels to leave the area, police said, he began to drive away.
Moments later, he turned the car around and returned to the home.
He got out of the car and began to argue again with Williams and her relatives, this time about alleged infidelity.
Samuels then got back in his car, stepped on the accelerator and ran into Williams and her sister, trapping Williams under the car, police said.
Bystanders pulled Samuels out of the driver’s seat after the car became lodged on the curb and a drain.
Samuels was booked with aggravated assault and submitted to a test that found his blood-alcohol content was 0.153, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to court documents.
Meanwhile, Williams and her sister were rushed to Interim LSU Public Hospital. The sister was released, but Williams died Sept. 12 at 5:54 a.m.
After witnesses made statements that Samuels sped toward the women and then tried to flee after he saw Williams under the car, he was booked Friday with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
He remained jailed Tuesday on a $260,000 bond, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.
Fight at Chalmette High did not require SWAT
Reports that the SWAT team was called to Chalmette High School following a fight at the campus Tuesday morning were not true, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Claims on social media that SWAT officers were called to the school and that it was locked down after faculty members were injured were both false, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
While the Sheriff’s Office acknowledged there was a fight at the school, it did not say how many students were involved, only that faculty members had it “largely in control” when patrol deputies and detectives from the juvenile division arrived.
The Sheriff’s Office did not announce any arrests.
Fundraiser to be held for slain officer’s family
A fundraiser for the family of New Orleans police Officer Rodney Thomas, who was killed in July when a car slammed into him on Interstate 10, will be held this weekend.
The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday outside Dominique’s on Magazine, 4213 Magazine St.
Food will be available from Taceaux Loceaux and beer will be provided by NOLA Brewing Co.
Thomas was killed July 7 when a car slammed into him on I-10 in Gentilly after he got out of his vehicle following a fender-bender in which he was involved.
Six people have been charged in connection with his death.
Thomas — who was assigned to the Police Department’s 2nd District, which patrols Uptown, Holly Grove and Gert Town — was an eight-year veteran.
He was on his way home from his regular shift when he was killed.