Slidell police arrest man suspected of hit-and-run, and other N.O.-area police news

Slidell police arrest man suspected in hit-and-run

Slidell police arrested a Mandeville man on drug and hit-and-run charges after he allegedly crashed into the back of a car Thursday afternoon, then drove away.

After a chase, officers found a bag of drugs that Mohamed Alhashimi, 21, tried to hide before he fled the scene, said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau, a Slidell Police Department spokesman.

About 12:30 p.m., Alhashimi was driving north on Front Street when he slammed into the back of a Toyota stopped at a red light near Fremaux Avenue. Police believe Alhashimi was driving under the influence of heroin.

After the crash, he grabbed his heroin, jumped out of his Ford F-250 and hid the drugs in a nearby bush, Seuzeneau said. He then got back in his truck and drove away.

Officers began a high-speed chase, and Alhashimi eventually stopped his truck and tried to run away on foot.

At the crash scene, officers said, they found the bag of drugs that included suspected heroin and syringes.

Alhashimi was booked with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony hit-and-run, felony flight from an officer, careless operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while intoxicated — second offense.

The people in the Toyota were brought to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries, Seuzeneau said.

N.C. woman booked as accessory to N.O. killing

A North Carolina woman has been arrested in New Orleans, accused of being an accessory to a murder this year in Algiers.

According to court documents, a car rented by Joan Carothers, 22, of Gold Road, N.C., was seen by eyewitnesses and recorded on surveillance cameras in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive when Tillman Hawkins, 33, was shot to death Aug. 23.

When detectives interviewed her, Carothers said the car was with her in Uptown and she had the keys at the time Hawkins was killed; she denied the car was in Algiers at the time.

Detectives showed Carothers surveillance footage containing images of the car, identified by its make, model, license plate and body damage, at the scene of the murder scene, but she would not tell them to whom she loaned the car, according to court documents.

Police have not announced any arrests in the case.

Detectives said Carothers had a history of letting other people use the car, which she has under a long-term rental agreement.

Carothers remained jailed Thursday on a count of accessory to second-degree murder, according to Sheriff’s Office records. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Deputies seeking man in health club thefts

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to identify a man they believe stole belongings from members of an unidentified Metairie health club.

On Nov. 6, the man was recorded on video walking into the club. He was later seen in the locker room removing people’s property and credit cards, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Detectives found the victims’ credit cards were used to make purchases at nearby stores.

The man is described as white, between 35 and 50 years old, 5-foot-5 inches to 5-foot-10 inches tall, with a medium build and salt-and-pepper hair. He was last seen driving away in a white Chevrolet Avalanche pickup.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact detective Carl Koppeis at (504) 364-5300.

Covington man killed on corner in Gert Town

A Covington man was shot to death Wednesday night on a Gert Town corner, New Orleans authorities said.

Oliver Brown, 29, died about 9 p.m. after someone opened fire on him in front of a home in the 7000 block of Oleander Street, near Audubon Street.

Police did not immediately have any information on a motive, nor did they identify a suspect.

Homicide detective Justin Rice is in charge of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Uptown gas leak spurs evacuations

A construction crew working to move a concrete slab accidentally broke a natural gas line on Thursday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of an Uptown block while crews worked to stop the leak, the New Orleans Fire Department said.

A resident in the 2500 block of Jefferson Avenue reported the leak about 1:20 p.m. Residents in a one-block radius of the line break were evacuated while Entergy crews worked to seal the leak.

The crews were still working to stop the leak on Thursday evening, the Fire Department said.