Crime Blotter for Sept. 29, 2013

A 23-year-old homeless man was stabbed three times Sunday afternoon under the Ponchartrain Expressway, near Oretha Castle Haley and Calliope streets, according to New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson. Robertson said the stabbing occurred at approximately 1 p.m. The man was stabbed in the face, arm and back of the head. His injuries are nonlife-threatening.

The area is inhabited by about 30 homeless people and those congregating in the vicinity said violence was commonplace and two assaults had occurred earlier in the week.

Robertson could not confirm the reports, but said to his knowledge the stabbing was the first major incident that NOPD had been called to in the area in some time.

He said NOPD regularly patrols the block.

Data from the New Orleans police crime map showed two aggravated batteries occurred in the immediate vicinity of the stabbing this week. At 5:47 a.m. Thursday, an aggravated battery was reported a block away at Calliope and Baronne streets. On Friday, an aggravated battery was reported at Oretha Castle Halley and Calliope Streets.

2 men hospitalized in early morning shooting

Two men were shot at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of St. Phillip Street, according to New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson.

One of the victims, a 23-year-old, was transported to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, Robertson said. The other victim, who was 28, was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.

Police seeking suspect in assault on RTA bus

New Orleans police are looking for a person of interest in an aggravated assault that occurred on an RTA bus.

The assault happened at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on a bus near St. Bernard and North Preiur streets. The man is described as a black male with a brown complexion, a gray goatee and a slim build.

He’s approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 130 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a tan baseball style cap, dark colored sunglasses, a white T-shirt and gray pants.