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N.O. authorities searching for Orleans prison escapee

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were searching Tuesday for an inmate who escaped from a prison yard by scaling a razor-wire fence.

A spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman said Sean Andry, 46, escaped the yard of the Conchetta facility on Tulane Avenue during exercise Tuesday. It appeared Andry was injured during his escape, spokesman Philip Stelly said.

Andry was in jail on charges of theft over $500, possession of stolen property over $500 and resisting an officer, Stelly said. His bond was set at $15,000.

Authorities in California also had issued a detainer for him, meaning he should be held until he could be extradited to that state on additional charges. The Sheriff’s Office did not say what those charges are.

Stelly said the office is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of the deputy and supervisor who were on duty when Andry escaped.

The Sheriff’s Office has come under fire in recent years and is set to be placed under a federal consent decree because of several issues, including the number of inmate escapes.

Anyone with information on Andry’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 827-8505.

Man listed as critical after being shot in shoulder, chest

A man was in critical condition Tuesday night after he was shot in Treme, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened a little after 6 p.m. in the 1500 block of Dumaine Street. The victim, whose name and age were not available, was shot in the shoulder and chest.

Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive.

Police arrest suspect in Uptown burglaries

A man police suspect burglarized several homes in an exclusive part of Uptown New Orleans over the weekend has been arrested.

John Canty, 48, was booked on two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, two counts of criminal trespass, tampering and a parole violation, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

Police said Canty confessed to burglarizing several homes on Audubon Place, a gated community off St. Charles Avenue, during the weekend.

Police are investigating whether Canty was responsible for a series of burglaries in the same area during August. He has denied being responsible for those burglaries, Robertson said.

Canty has previous arrests for aggravated burglary, simple burglary, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, criminal trespass and battery.

He is on parole for aggravated burglary until September 2014.

N.O. police seeking identity of Marigny armed robber

New Orleans police are searching for a man they believe robbed several women of their purses as they walked in Faubourg Marigny on Sunday.

The robberies were reported at 4:12 p.m. at Burgundy and St. Anthony streets, 4:26 p.m. in the 700 block of Frenchmen Street and 6:32 p.m. at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street. The robber pointed a gun at the victims and demanded their purses before running away, police said.

The victims were able to help police produce several composite sketches of the robber.

He is described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-7 and weighing between 220 and 230 pounds. He has short hair and was wearing a blue and gray sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the robber’s identity is asked to contact detective Michael Flores at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man cashed fake poker tickets, State Police believe

Louisiana State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of cashing nearly $2,000 worth of fake video poker tickets.

State Police said the man cashed three fraudulent tickets at two locations in Kenner on Oct. 4, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

The tickets had a combined value of $1,810.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact the State Police’s Gaming Enforcement Division at (504) 310-7000.

Police say pair may have information about slaying

New Orleans police are looking for two men who might have information about a recent murder in Algiers.

Detectives think Delvin “Boom” Wilson, 26, and Cedric “Sam” Stokes, 28, could help them figure out who killed Tillman Hawkins, police said. Neither man is considered a suspect.

Hawkins, 33, was found shot to death just before 4 p.m. Aug. 23 in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive.

Surveillance cameras in the area recorded a white Nissan speeding away from the scene moments after the shooting.

A North Carolina woman was booked recently as an accessory to second-degree murder after police said she had loaned her rental car to the gunman.

Police said in court documents that Joan Carothers, 22, of Gold Road, N.C., falsely claimed that the car was with her in Uptown and that she had the keys when Hawkins was killed. Detectives showed Carothers the surveillance footage that showed the car at the scene of the murder, but she would not tell them to whom she had loaned it, according to court documents.

Anyone with information on Wilson’s or Stokes’ whereabouts is asked to contact homicide detective Jacob Lundy at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.