Man, 23, fatally shot Sunday night in Algiers
A 23-year-old man was shot to death late Sunday night behind an Algiers apartment complex, New Orleans police said.
Matthew George was found at about 10:45 p.m. lying in the parking lot of the complex in the 1500 block of Southlawn Boulevard, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office’s chief investigator.
George was shot inside a Chevrolet Cruze that had several bullet holes in it.
The car crashed into the apartment building, at which point George got out and collapsed on the ground a short distance away, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Investigators found drugs inside the vehicle and in George’s possession, Robertson said.
Police did not immediately release any information on a suspect or motive.
Homicide detective Candice Preston is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.
Victim robbed by man he met on chat line
A man was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday by a man he met on a telephone chat line, New Orleans police said.
The 32-year-old victim gave a ride to the robber at about 2:35 a.m. after they spoke on the phone line.
When the two reached South Jefferson Davis Parkway and Tulane Avenue, the robber pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s cellphone and money.
The victim handed over his cash and phone, and the robber ran away.
Police did not provide a description of the robber.
Girl reports rape in Lower 9th Ward
New Orleans police are investigating the reported rape of a girl Saturday afternoon in the Lower 9th Ward.
Police said the rape happened about 1 p.m. in the 900 block of Egania Street. No other details were immediately available.
Two women rob Lower Garden District store
Two women walked into a Lower Garden District business early Monday morning and robbed it at gunpoint, police said.
The women entered the business in the 1300 block of St. Charles Avenue at about 1:35 a.m. and demanded money.
An employee gave them $406 in cash, and they ran away.
Police did not provide a description of the women.
Railroad crew starts fires on miles of tracks
A railroad maintenance crew accidentally ignited small fires along 4 miles of railroad tracks in New Orleans East and Gentilly on Monday, the Fire Department said.
A call came in at about 12:25 p.m. reporting that the railroad tracks that run along the levee in the 7100 block of Hayne Boulevard were burning, said Capt. Edwin Holmes, a Fire Department spokesman.
The first firefighters to arrive on the scene found railroad cross ties burning sporadically up and down the tracks.
The small fires stretched for nearly 4 miles, beginning near Hayne and Read boulevards in the East and ending near Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Peoples Avenue near Pontchartrain Park in Gentilly, Holmes said.
Seventy firefighters positioned themselves along the stretch of track and had the fires out by 1:46 p.m.
Investigators determined that a crew performing regular maintenance on the track accidentally started the fires.
A water tanker that normally follows them had left to be refilled when the fires began, Holmes said.