Robberies in Uptown, Bayou St. John probed
A Bayou St. John neighborhood grocery store and an Uptown restaurant were the victims of separate robberies within minutes of each other Tuesday night, New Orleans police said.
The first robbery happened about 9:10 p.m. at Canseco’s Market in the 3100 block of Esplanade Avenue.
A manager at the store, who asked to be identified only as John, said surveillance footage showed a man walked into the store and wandered the aisles for a few minutes. He then tried to make a purchase with a food-stamp card, at which point he implied he had a gun, told the cashier to hand over the money from the register and ordered her to the ground.
The cashier followed his orders, and the robber ran away.
About 20 minutes later, a popular Uptown restaurant was robbed, causing police to lock down the surrounding area as they searched for a suspect.
Police said an unidentified man walked into Byblos Mediterranean Cuisine in the 3200 block of Magazine Street through a back door about 9:30 p.m. and approached the manager. When the robber, who carried a gun, demanded money from the safe, the manager opened the safe and handed the cash to the robber, who then ran away, police said.
No one at the restaurant would speak to a reporter on Wednesday.
Police asked two neighboring businesses, Reginelli’s Pizzeria and The Bulldog bar, to move their customers inside while SWAT officers searched the area for the robber. By about 10:30 p.m., some customers were allowed to leave the businesses. Police began to leave the area by about 11 p.m.
No one was injured in either robbery, and no suspects have been identified.
Gretna McDonald’s robbery suspect ID’d
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified Jarell Sylvester, 29, as a suspect in the armed robbery of a West Bank McDonald’s restaurant.
A Crimestoppers tip led to the identification after a photo of the alleged robber was broadcast on local news and printed in local newspapers, said Glen Boyd, a JPSO spokesman.
Sylvester remained at large on Wednesday.
The McDonald’s in the 700 block of Terry Parkway in unincorporated Gretna was robbed about 2:50 a.m. Monday by an armed man who demanded money from the store and two employees.
Anyone with information on Sylvester’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Indecent behavior with juvenile is suspected
A New Orleans man has been arrested and booked with two count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, the state Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.
The office did not provide details about the crimes that Michael Panarello, 48, is alleged to have committed. He was arrested Tuesday as part of a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit, New Orleans police and Slidell police.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail and faces up to 10 years in prison on each count of computer-aided solicitation of a minor and seven years on each count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Suspect in Gretna shooting is booked
Authorities arrested a man Tuesday wanted in connection with an almost year-old shooting in Gretna.
Members of the New Orleans Violent Crime Task Force — made up of members of the FBI, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, State Police and Kenner Police Department— picked up Quincy Hamilton, who goes by the nicknames “Q” and “Gucci,” on a warrant for being an accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder. Hamilton faces four counts of that charge.
The shooting in which Hamilton, 21, is suspected to have been involved happened on Dec. 8, 2012, at 407 E. Butterfly Circle, Gretna, said Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans office.
Hamilton also had been the subject of an FBI investigation looking into alleged narcotics distribution.
Authorities said they found a Glock 9 mm with two loaded magazines, a box of 9 mm ammunition and about $1,100 in cash in his 2013 Chrysler when he was arrested.
The FBI did not specify where the task force found Hamilton.
Woman shot in N.O.’s Florida neighborhood
A woman was shot Wednesday night in the Florida neighborhood, New Orleans police said.
The shooting happened about 6:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of Louisa Street. The unidentified victim was in stable condition at the hospital, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
No suspect or motive was immediately identified.