Suspect in murder booked in burglary
On the day that 6-year-old Ahlittia North was reported missing from her Harvey apartment, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators also were investigating a break-in at a nearby home.
Now, Matthew Flugence, the man arrested on suspicion of stabbing Ahlittia to death and dumping her body in a garbage can, is also accused of burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s home the same day.
Deputies were called to the home in the 4000 block of South Chipwood Drive where Flugence’s ex-girlfriend lives at about 6:20 p.m. July 13, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. The owner, the woman’s grandfather, said he left about 7:15 a.m. and returned home about 6 p.m., when he found his front door unlocked.
Inside he found a bedroom window shattered and his bedroom door unlocked. He told deputies he always keeps that door locked. A concrete drain slab had been moved from the front of the home to underneath the back window, deputies said.
The victim said he did not find any items missing.
Deputies were called back to the home when Flugence’s ex-girlfriend found his driver’s license tacked to a wall by a 10-inch knife about 11:30 p.m. The owner said his granddaughter found the ID card when she returned home.
Ahlittia was reported missing about 9:10 a.m. the same day. Investigators found her body two days later in a garbage can a few doors down from her home in the 2900 block of Destrehan Avenue.
Flugence has been held without bail since his arrest July 17. He faces charges of first-degree murder related to Ahlittia’s death and a sexual battery charge against an unnamed 10-year-old girl in 2012.
Suspect arrested in grandmother’s death
The suspected gunman responsible for wounding a 4-year-old boy and killing his grandmother Sunday in their New Orleans East home has been arrested.
Thomas Lam, 23, was picked up Friday afternoon in the 500 block of Bragg Street, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman. Lam has refused to cooperate with police, but investigators said they think the motive for the shooting was robbery and drug-related.
Police did not say if they believe Helene Jackson-Smith, 44, was the intended target.
Jackson-Smith and her grandson were in their home in the 13000 block of Maple Wood Drive when the shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Jackson-Smith was shot multiple times and died on the scene. Her grandson was shot to the face. He remained hospitalized on Friday, police said.
“This was another case where a suspect recklessly fired a weapon, wounding anyone who happened to be in his path, including a 4-year-old boy,” Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said. “Criminals like this don’t deserve to walk freely among us in our neighborhoods.”
Two arrested in fatal shooting; third sought
Two men wanted in connection with a double-shooting in Marrero earlier this week that killed one person have been arrested. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a third suspect in the case.
Kevin Hicks, 22, and Tommie “Tucker” Molette, 21, were booked Thursday with one count each of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The third suspect, Kevias Hicks, 22, remained at-large on Friday.
The three are accused of gunning down Deshawn Evans, 20, and wounding a 19-year-old man about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday at Evans’ home in the 5900 block of Becker Street.
Molette was arrested at a home in the 700 block of Carrollwood Village Drive in Terrytown. Hicks was arrested at a home in the 2200 block of Lafreniere Street in New Orleans.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kevias Hicks is asked to contact the JPSO homicide division at (504) 364-5300 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Three suspected of operating meth lab
A Meraux man, his sister and brother-in-law were arrested Friday after investigators found a small methamphetamine-making operation in the man’s home, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Carl Treilter, 48, was booked with distribution of meth, possession of meth and possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Clarence Ladner, 48, was booked with creation or operation of a clandestine meth laboratory, and Jane Nunez, 53, was booked with possession of meth, misdemeanor possession of three grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Narcotics agents set up surveillance on Treilter’s home in the 3300 block of Maureen Lane after receiving information about a possible meth lab there, Pohlmann said in a news release.
Investigators pulled over Treilter early Friday morning and found a small, clear bag with about one gram of a crystal-life substance that tested positive for meth, the release said. A 9 mm handgun also was found in the truck, it said.
A search of Treilter’s home found evidence outside a backyard shed that meth had been manufactured there, Pohlmann said.
Treilter told investigators that he used meth but that Ladner, his brother-in-law, made the drug. Treilter said he had since asked Ladner to move out of the home.
Ladner told deputies he had cooked meth in the past but not recently.
Text messages on Treilter’s cellphone to his sister connected Nunez, of Violet, to the crime, Pohlmann said. Treilter had dropped off $150 worth of meth days earlier, he said. A search of her home turned up two baggies with material that tested positive for meth, Pohlmann said.
Ladner said he uses most of what he cooks, Pohlmann said. There was no indication any meth was being sold, the sheriff said.
Coroner identifies slaying victim
A man who was fatally wounded this week during a shooting on the edge of New Orleans’ Central City has been identified as Roeldin G. Licona.
Licona, whose age was not available, died about 11:10 p.m. Monday at Interim LSU Public Hospital, said John Gagliano, Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator. Licona had been shot once in the chest about 7:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Louisiana Avenue.
Police have not identified a motive or suspect in his death.
Anyone with information about his death is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111 or (877) 903-7867.