Homeless teen suspected of burglarizing snowball stand, and other N.O.-area crime news

Police: Snowball stand burglarized by teen, 17

A teenager who said he was homeless broke into a Kenner snowball stand twice in a week, police said.

River Majoria, 17, was booked with two counts of unauthorized entry into a place of business after he was arrested earlier this week, according to the Kenner Police Department.

About 5:40 a.m. Monday, someone called police and reported seeing a person lurking around Danny’s Gourmet Snowballs and Coffee Shop in the 2100 block of Bruin Drive. The caller then heard a loud bang and saw the person go into the store.

Responding officers found damage to the front door and found Majoria hiding in a closet.

He allegedly confessed to a previous burglary at the business on Dec. 2 in which the walls and floors were damaged.

He said he was homeless and needed money.

Majoria remained in custody Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

Suspect is booked in Lower 9th Ward death

New Orleans police arrested a man Tuesday that they suspect is responsible for a slaying last month in the Lower 9th Ward.

Savalas Richardson, 17, was booked with second-degree murder after he was found near Old Gentilly Road and Louisa Street.

According to court documents, Richardson, Marvin Fields and two other people were inside a home in the 1700 block of Reynes Street about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 21 when Richardson pulled out a gun and shot Fields in the chest. Fields, 34, died on the scene.

The other people ran from the home after the shooting. They were not injured.

Police found no signs of forced entry or burglary at the home.

Investigators had been searching for Richardson since Nov. 28, when they identified him as a suspect.

One killed, two wounded in N.O. East shooting

One man was killed and two others were wounded by gunfire Tuesday night in the parking lot of a New Orleans East business.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 11900 block of Hayne Boulevard, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

The victims drove to the hospital, where Emmanuel Jethro, 33, died at 8:05 p.m., said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

The other victims — ages 17 and 20 — had wounds that were not serious, Flot said.

Police did not immediately have any information on a suspect or motive.

Homicide Detective Nicholas Williams is in charge of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man, 26, found slain at condo complex

A man was shot to death Tuesday night in the courtyard of a Metairie condominium building, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Dispatchers received calls about gunfire at the Riverside Court Condominiums in the 6300 block of Riverside Drive about 8:45 p.m., said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Deputies arrived to find David Joseph Simon Jr., 26, of Metairie, lying on the pavement in the complex’s courtyard. He had been shot several times and died on the scene, Boyd said.

Witnesses told investigators they saw two people dressed in dark clothing and wearing hooded sweatshirts run away after the shooting.

Police did not immediately have a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Deputies seeking ID of store robber

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Gretna business on Tuesday night. The unidentified man was recorded on the store’s surveillance cameras.

About 11:15 p.m., the man walked into the business in the 400 block of Behrman Highway, pulled out a gun and demanded “property,” the Sheriff’s Office said. He then ran out the door and fled in a black vehicle.

The man was described as a black male, 30 to 33 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium to heavy build and a full but trimmed beard. He wore a black Adidas baseball cap with a red bill and red and white trim, a black hoodie, dark pants and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact the sheriff’s Robbery Section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Mandeville police find stolen equipment

Mandeville police recovered a $30,000 Kubota excavator Tuesday after obtaining a warrant to search a wooded area behind 24461 La. 435, Abita Springs.

The recovery came after detectives arrested John Keiper on Nov. 27 in connection with a Sept. 15 theft at Quality Plumbing, 833 Carroll St.

The case remains under investigation.