Four-hour standoff in Meraux ends in man’s surrender, and other New Orleans-area police news

Four-hour standoff ends with man’s surrender

A four-hour standoff between a St. Bernard Parish man and St. Bernard SWAT officers ended peacefully Thursday night when the man — who had barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to kill himself — surrendered to authorities.

Emerson Peden, 38, was arrested about 10:45 p.m. at his home in the 4500 block of East Genie Street in Meraux after officers made their way inside, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Peden, who reportedly was distraught for unknown reasons, had earlier pointed a gun at his wife and two young children and then gone to sleep, the sheriff said. He later woke up and left his home, at which point his wife and children left as well and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home about 6 p.m. and spoke with Peden, who said he had a gun but was not leaving the house, Pohlmann said.

After Peden stopped answering his phone, SWAT officers entered the home and found him on a bed with a gun on his chest.

Peden, who was not injured, was taken into custody without incident and sent to a hospital to be examined. He was expected to be booked with aggravated assault with a firearm for allegedly threatening to kill his wife.

Man suspected of three robberies is arrested

New Orleans police have arrested a man suspected of robbing two construction workers at an Uptown home and a third construction worker in an unrelated incident.

Police said Jwan Brown, 18, walked into the home in the 4200 block of South Derbigny Street about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, held the men at gunpoint and ran away after taking their wallets and cellphones.

One of the victims, however, was able to call police, who quickly set up a perimeter in the neighborhood. A K-9 officer found Brown hiding under a home in the 3300 block of Louisiana Avenue Parkway.

Brown confessed to robbing a third construction worker at gunpoint on Oct. 13 while the man was working on a home in the 3700 block of South Roman Street, police said.

Brown was booked with three counts of armed robbery. He is on parole for simple robbery until 2017.

Suspect in fast-food robbery surrenders

The suspect wanted for the armed robbery of a West Bank fast-food restaurant has been arrested.

Jarell Sylvester, 29, surrendered to authorities and admitted to robbing a McDonald’s in the 700 block of Terry Parkway in unincorporated Gretna about 2:50 a.m. Monday, said Glen Boyd, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A Crimestoppers tip led to the identification after a photo of the alleged robber appeared on local TV news shows, websites and newspapers.

Man is accused of stabbing with ice pick

New Orleans police arrested a suspect they said stabbed a man in the face with an ice pick during an argument.

Albert Perreand, 47, was booked with aggravated battery and remained in jail Friday, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

Police said he stabbed the man about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 4800 block of Citrus Drive in New Orleans East.

JPSO issues warrant for man suspected of theft

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for a man suspected of stealing money collected for a cancer patient.

Erin Pritchett, 27, whose last known addresses were in River Ridge and Metairie, walked into a Shell service station at 5900 West Metairie Ave. on Oct. 14, distracted the cashier and then reached over the counter and took a plastic jug that had money collected for a cancer patient, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

A Crimestoppers tip led detectives to name Pritchett as a suspect after a news report about the theft aired on TV. He is described as 6-foot-1, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Pritchett’s whereabouts is asked to call detective Todd Giacona at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Officials to dedicate 8th District substation

New Orleans police officials on Saturday will dedicate the department’s new 8th District substation in Faubourg Marigny.

The dedication ceremony will take place at noon at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.

The substation is named in honor of former detective Robert E. Williams, who spent 10 years with the Police Department’s 8th District, which patrols the French Quarter, Central Business District and Faubourg Marigny, and was known for his dedication and professionalism.

He died in December 2007 from multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, but remained on the job while undergoing treatment. Williams and his wife became known for lobbying for improved healthcare coverage for New Orleans police officers.

After his death, his wife, Debbie, founded the Robert E. Williams Memorial Fund, which benefits officers who have suffered an illness or other life setback that would be considered critical or catastrophic.

Debbie Williams will make a presentation to two NOPD officers following the dedication.