Two men charged with murder of woman, and other New Orleans-area crime news

A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted two men for second-degree murder in the killing of Amilcar Wilfredo Lopez Rodas, who was found shot to death on July 14 in the 500 block of Commerce Street in Gretna.

Lawrence “Lo” Davis, 20, and Devante “Vonnie” Lee, 18, both of Gretna, were each charged with second-degree murder, while Davis was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm because of a previous conviction for cocaine possession.

Both men are being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, Davis on $850,000 bond and Lee, who also goes by the nickname “Nut,” on $750,000 bond.

The case will be tried in Judge Scott Schlegel’s court.

Metairie man arrested on child porn charge

The FBI on Thursday arrested a man suspected of possessing child pornography.

Dorvin Echeverria-Zeledon, 24, was arrested at his home in the 3000 block of Houma Boulevard in Metairie, said Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s New Orleans office.

He is being held in the federal tier of the St. Bernard Parish jail and was set to have his first appearance before a federal magistrate judge on Thursday afternoon.

Two shot Wednesday on 6th Ward corner

A teenager and a man were shot Wednesday night in the 6th Ward, according to New Orleans police.

Officers were called about 6:40 p.m. to St. Philip and North Dorgenois streets, where they found the two victims.

One was 16, said Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. Police did not know the age of the other victim.

The 16-year-old was taken to a hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest, Flot said. The other man was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the back.

Two bicycles appeared to have been discarded in the middle of the street. Flot could not say whether the victims had been shot while riding them.

Women assaulted in Algiers, Gentilly

A woman was sexually assaulted Wednesday afternoon in Algiers, police said.

The assault happened about 12:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of Westbend Parkway when the victim went to a man’s apartment, according to a daily police log.

In a separate incident, a 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted late Wednesday in Gentilly, police said.

The woman was in the 5700 block of St. Anthony Avenue about 10 p.m. when the sexual assault happened, according to a daily police log.

Police have not released the name of either assailant.

Warrant is issued in stabbing by chopsticks

New Orleans police are looking for a man they suspect stabbed someone in the neck with chopsticks while drunk.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Phu Ngo, 40, for aggravated battery. Ngo and the victim were in the 14200 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday when Ngo allegedly stabbed the man in the neck with the utensils.

The victim did not require medical treatment, police said.

N.O. police investigate separate robberies

Police are investigating two armed robberies that happened in the Lafayette Square neighborhood and Algiers late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.

The first robbery was reported about 10 p.m. in the 700 block of Baronne Street in the Lafayette Square area. Police provided no other details beyond the fact that the robbery was committed at knifepoint.

About 1:10 a.m., a man was approached by two unknown men in the 1400 block of Pelican Avenue in Algiers while getting out of his vehicle.

The men demanded the victim’s money at gunpoint, tied his hands and put him in the back seat, according to a daily police log. They drove the victim to an abandoned area, where they made him get out of the vehicle before driving away, police said.

Police book man in Uptown burglaries

A man suspected of committing several home invasions and burglaries in the University area of Uptown New Orleans has been arrested, authorities said.

David Taylor, 48, was booked Thursday with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

A woman awoke about 10:40 a.m. Oct. 17 to find Taylor inside her home in the 500 block of Hillary Street, police said.

The man, identified as Taylor, said he was looking for work and then lifted his shirt and said he did not steal anything. He ran away after that, police said.

Taylor, who is on parole until 2018 for a simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2008, is suspected in several residential burglaries around the west edge of Tulane University, usually along Broadway, campus police said.

Tulane police said the burglar has been able to get into homes through unlocked door and windows. On one occasion, a resident walked in on the intruder.